Lesson 7: Apostolic Authority
This week, Pastor and Brother Larry deviated from the traditional Search For Truth Lessons and worked on establishing a sure foundation for their next few lessons. In this week's lesson, they looked to establish two things: you can't look outside of the Bible for doctrinal foundations and the apostle's doctrinal message is what we must live by.
Brother Larry and Pastor teamed together to reinforce the idea that what the Bible says is true and you can only form a true doctrine based off the contents found within the Bible. They did this by pointing to scriptures like Revelation 22:18-19:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
The emphasis in this section of the lesson was the seriousness and reverence we must take with the Word of God. It is the only way we can find truth and to pervert or change it comes with a heavy price. They also used other scriptures that warned about listening to the ways of the man, philosophies and other vein pursuits to find truth (Colossians 2:8). Both Pastor and Brother Larry were passionate in their imploring, not just to the two ladies, but the entire audience that we not go outside of God's Word for our doctrine.
The second point showed both men of God as passionate as the first. In this point, they wanted to reinforce the credibility of the apostles. Brother Larry and Pastor both emphasized that Jesus would not have left the future of his mission in the hands of the apostles if he didn't trust they knew what to say and do. They used scriptures like in Ephesians 2:20 where it says our relationship with Christ is built on the foundation of the doctrine of the apostles, prophets and Christ. While these scriptures may seem fairly obvious, they pointed out that so many people deviate from the words and actions of the apostles. They hear the doctrine put forth, but they choose to not act on it. They do this because of what others have taught them in the past, or an old manuscript they read or because of their own preconceived ideas they bring to the table. If they would just get in the Word and stay in the Word, they would find real truth. As Brother Larry made point after point, you could see the boldness and fire build in him. It's one of the things that makes LOGOS special. Having somebody teach the Bible who is as passionate and committed as those who wrote it is inspiring and makes this writer want to go out and spread the good news more and more each time we convene.
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LOGOS: A Bible Study Experience Lesson 7
Quotes and Notes:
Pastor spent the beginning portion of the Bible Study explaining how Jesus can be the right hand of the Father and still be one and the same with the Father. Brother Larry jumped in on the discussion and it was really enlightening.
"The right hand of God is Jesus Christ fulfilling the will of the Holy Ghost." Brother Larry
Brother Larry used the ending scripture of the sermon on the mount to describe the difference between true believers and partial or non-believers: "It's doing versus not doing"
"Jesus would have stayed here 50 years if it took that long for the apostles to get His message." Pastor
Though this was a transitional lesson with a lot of the information being retreads of past lessons, it feels like the new information presented in this lesson will be pivotal moving forward and I am glad they included it in the lesson.
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