God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit

By What Authority

Sunday, December 29, 2019

A Bible open to the book of Psalms with a magnifying glass lying atop the pages

There is much disagreement about what God demands, permits, and forbids. We can determine what authority God has granted us to act individually or as a church, but it all hinges on how we interpret the information God has communicated to us in His word.

As you will see in the following lessons, whether it concerns our personal moral behavior or how we work and worship as a church, there is no special code for understanding God. God communicates to us the very same way we communicate to each other. If that is the case, then we need to pay close attention both to what He says and to what He does not.

  1. By What Authority
  2. By What Authority, Part 2
  3. By What Authority, Part 3
  4. By What Authority, Part 4
  5. By What Authority, Part 5
  6. By What Authority, Part 6
  7. By What Authority, Part 7
  8. By What Authority, Part 8
  9. By What Authority, Part 9
  10. By What Authority, Part 10


Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thinking: Giving deeper thought to God, His word, and our service to Him

Detractors routinely deride Christians as duped simpletons. Unfortunately, too many of us hand them fuel for that fire.

In contrast, the Bible is full of examples, encouragements, even outright commands to think, to meditate:

Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
—Psalm 119:27 NKJV

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord … .
—Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”
—Matthew 22:42 NKJV

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
—Philippians 4:8 NKJV

Here is a series of lessons that encourage us to give more and deeper thought to God, His word, and our service to Him:

  1. Renewing Your Mind
  2. Thinking about God
  3. Thinking about Truth
  4. Thinking about Wisdom
  5. With All Your Mind