- The first thing Jesus did was train and invest in the Twelve.
- The first thing many of us often do in ministry is hit the ground running and make ourselves busy working.
- Making disciples is central to the Great Commission just as Jesus is central to the gospel.
- The authority of Jesus is both Compassionate and True.
- The authority is not to disregard the sin, but the authority to forgive.
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'" (Matthew 28:18)
THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
- All authority belongs to Jesus in heaven and on earth.
- The Authority is driven by love and promises of freedom and Joy (not brute force and the demand to obey).
- We do not have an authority crisis, we have a discipleship crisis.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
THE AUTHORITY OF A DISCIPLE
- We do not have a harvest crisis, we have a laborer crisis.
- The authority of a disciple is proportionate to the one who has the authority to give commands.
"Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons." (Mark 3:14-15)
"Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD
- The Authority of Christ is an authoritative engagement with the teaching of Jesus.
- The Authority is "the authoritative word of Christ" and not Authoritarian.
- The Authority of Christ has anticipatory forgiveness (e.g., anticipatory bail).