As we gathered for worship this morning, many came a half hour early in order to spend time in prayer for the Church around the world. We had three concerns: 1) that there would be unity among believers on the foundation and authority of the Word of God, 2) on the authority, power and supply of the Holy Spirit, and 3) that we become more responsible about sharing the gospel with the lost and unreached people of the world.
Why were these points of prayer joined together? The authority of God’s Word is the foundation of everything the Church is, and should do. In an age when “everyone [does] what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25), there is only one way to have unity, and that is through having one authority. We must start with the fact that there is “one God” (Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5). With that truth must come the authority of what He says; “My word…that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and it shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
This last point of that verse is important to keep in mind in a world full of chaos, sin and suffering. God sent His Word into this sin-cursed world, and NOTHING will fail in its purpose. That is why Paul affirms that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). The authority of God’s Word changes the condition that sin created.
We will look at the authority, power and supply of the Holy Spirit tomorrow, but in this blog, it is vital to understand that every disunity is caused by not accepting the authority of Scripture and applying it to ourselves. It takes humility and repentance to realize that some part of God’s Word does not have authority over my mind and heart.
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