We have already established that there is absolute authority in all of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul adds his weight to this issue in several references which I will give below:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence” (Philippians 2:12).
“That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17).
“This is my rule in all the churches” (1 Corinthians 7:17).
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
“If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God” (1 Corinthians 11:16).
It is clear that Paul had no problem exerting his authority as an apostle because he knew that it came from the Lord. There are many other reasons we should follow Paul’s example, as if the biblical authority was not enough. Paul was the most successful church planter in all of history. (Examples will be given later). From Antioch to Rome via Jerusalem, Paul had a single ambition; “to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named” (Romans 15:20).
This biblical principle lays the foundation in our ministry; to equip indigenous leaders to preach “the unsearchable riches of Christ” to those who have never been reached (Ephesians 3:8). For us at NFI, this journey is more exciting than anything we have ever experienced, because we know it is God’s will with His authority behind it. Will you join what God is doing in these days?
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