As we countdown towards our Church Planting Webinar on Saturday, we reach the letter A in P.L.A.N.T.I.N.G. A for Authority. God’s Word has authority! Right? Absolutely! Maybe?
If we were to play word association with Authority, many would respond with Power. Authority can have power, but as we think about Discipleship and Church Planting, we should consider whether someone comes under that authority.... read more
In a situation where a person or group of people are hearing Truth shared, are we seeing them putting themselves under the authority of that Truth, and the One who spoke it, the One who IS Truth? Maybe they are recognising it as having some authority – “Yes, it’s important. Yes, it’s right to listen to the Bible. Yes, I can see that I benefit from hearing what’s shared. I want what this teaching offers … but on the whole it is only one of the “voices” I listen to. Is it changing the things that are valued … loosening the fingers that are holding tight to the existing worldview?
If we are going to share Truth effectively, we must recognise the seriousness of the spiritual battle that is going on between Truth and Lies. There is another authority, Satan, who is hostile to God’s rule in this world, who has blinded the minds of many people (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). He has effectively created a web of lies that is in direct opposition to God’s authority.
When we share truth with an individual or group still under Satan’s control, we are joining in the battle that is going on for control of their hearts and minds. We are contributing to God calling them “out of the darkness into His wonderful light”. This is a rescue mission as God uses His Truth to rescue people out of The Kingdom of Darkness and under the loving rule of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 1:13), who thankfully holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).