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1 Bible Authority How to Establish Bible Authority (Part 5)

2 2 God’s ways, revealed in God’s word, are sufficient to accomplish God’s purposes, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:2-3 But, how do we know what is authorized by God for us, and what is not? Colossians 3:17 God’s Word is Enough

3 3 A Pattern to Follow God’s pattern, Heb. 8:5-6 Uniform (everywhere in every church), 1 Cor. 4:17 Understandable, Eph. 3:3-4 Use correctly, 2 Tim. 2:15 “Hold fast the pattern of sound words” (2 Tim. 1:13)

4 4 How to Establish Bible Authority Command (Direct statement) Command Go preach, Mark 16:15 Believe and is baptized = saved, Mark 16:16 Eat the Lord’s Supper, 1 Cor. 11:23-25

5 5 Apostolic Approved Example Apostolic Imitate me (“become”)…my ways in Christ, 1 Cor. 4:16-17 Commanded to follow apostolic example, 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 4:9 How to Establish Bible Authority

6 6 Apostolic Approved Example Apostolic The consistent pattern of practice under apostolic teaching and guidance (Acts 2:42) How to Establish Bible Authority

7 7 Apostolic Approved Example Apostolic When to eat the Lord’s Supper Acts 20:7 (1 Cor. 11:20, 33) How to Establish Bible Authority

8 8 NecessaryInferenceNecessaryInference “That which, though neither expressly stated nor specifically exemplified, [yet] is necessarily implied by the clear import and meaning of the language used.” (Cogdill, Walking by Faith, 14) How to Establish Bible Authority

9 9 NecessaryInferenceNecessaryInference Necessary conclusion based on given information, cf. Matt. 3:16 How often to eat Lord’s Supper, Acts 20:7 (cf. Sabbath of old covenant, Exo. 20:8) How to Establish Bible Authority

10 10 NecessaryInferenceNecessaryInference Merely a reasonable inference, Jno. 21:21-23 Merely what we want to conclude, Matt. 12:24 (14); Jno. 7:24 How to Establish Bible Authority NOT

11 NecessaryInferenceNecessaryInference Jesus used it, Matt. 22:31-32 (29); 19:3-6 Inspired writers used it, Heb. 7:12 (8:4) Jesus expects us to use it correctly, Luke 12:54-59; Mark 2:9-11 (Jno. 9:29-33) No Escape (Binding Authority) 11 How to Establish Bible Authority

12 12 Man-Made or God Approved? Direct statementDirect statement Apostolic approved exampleApostolic approved example Necessary inferenceNecessary inference Direct statementDirect statement Apostolic approved exampleApostolic approved example Necessary inferenceNecessary inference Apostolic example, 15:7-11 Necessary inference, 15:12 (14:3) Direct statement of Scripture, 15:13-19 Acts 15:6-21 Gentiles saved without binding the law of Moses

13 13 Direct statementDirect statement Apostolic approved exampleApostolic approved example Necessary inferenceNecessary inference Direct statementDirect statement Apostolic approved exampleApostolic approved example Necessary inferenceNecessary inference One is enough to establish binding authority Frequency of Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) Frequency of giving (1 Cor. 16:2) Acts 15:6-21 Man-Made or God Approved?

14 14 Bible Authority God-approved pattern (Heaven’s authority) God-approved pattern (Heaven’s authority) All in the name of the Lord, Col. 3:17 Do the will of the Father, Matt. 7: Tim. 1:13


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