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Lesson 17

The Authority In The Church Of Christ

1. Christ has all authority over the church, for He is the __________ of the church (Eph. 1:22-23).

2. Christ's word is the only rule of Faith for Christians. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do ______ in the ________ of the Lord Jesus ..." (Col. 3:17). "... him (Jesus) shall ye hear in _____ things whatsoever he shall _______ to you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not _________ that prophet (Jesus), shall be ____________ from among the people" (Acts 3:22-23).

3. Jesus delegated His authority to the apostles, saying, "Go ye therefore, and ___________ all nations, baptizing them ... Teaching them to observe _____ _________ whatsoever I have commanded you ..." (Mat. 28:19-20). Therefore, the apostles' teaching is the Gospel of Jesus (Luke 10:16).

4. The early disciples continued steadfastly in the ______________ ____________ (Acts 2:41).

5. Christians today are not living under the law of Moses, which ended at the cross of Jesus (Col. 2:14; Gal. 3:23-25). The Old Testament Scriptures are, however, beneficial for us in learning God's dealings with human race. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our _____________..." (Rom. 15:4).

6. Paul says, "There is _______ body, and ________ Spirit, even as ye are called in _____ hope of your calling; ________ Lord, ________ faith, ________ baptism, ________ God and Father of all ..." (Eph. 4:4-6). Since there is only one Lord Jesus, Who has given ONLY ONE FAITH, it therefore excludes all man-made creeds, religious manuals and catechisms from the rule of Faith in the church of Christ. Only Christ has the right to decree laws for His Body (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23)!

7. Jesus condemned the Pharisees, who substituted God's word by their man made teachings, saying, "This people honoureth me with their ______, but their _______ is far from me. Howbeit in _______ do they worship me, ___________ for doctrine the commandments of _______" (Mark 7:6-7). Any man who substitutes God's teaching by man-made teaching has sinned against Him (Gal. 1:8-9; 2 John 9-11).

Conclusion: The word of Jesus Christ is the only rule of Faith for the church of Christ (Mat. 28:18-20; Eph. 4:4-6).



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999