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I. INTRODUCTION:

A. AS I STUDY THE WORD OF GOD, ESPECIALLY THE NEW TESTAMENT IT BECOMES CLEAR TO ME THAT GOD DESIRES FOR US TO HAVE AUTHORITY FROM HIM, AND FOR US TO USE THAT AUTHORITY AS THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS US.

1. Mark 16:15-20

2. 2 Corinthians 2:1-5 } Go to and read each passage

3. 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6

B. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE MEAT OF THE MESSAGE LET US TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT Matthew 10:1 SAYS ABOUT AUTHORITY.

1. AUTHORITY IS GIVEN TO THOSE CALLED UNTO JESUS AND WHO OBEY HIM.

a. THOSE CALLED DEALS WITH THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE ON HIM AS SAVIOR AND LORD.

b. IT IS SIMPLY A CALL TO JESUS

c. ANY BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER HAS AUTHORITY GIVEN TO HIM FROM GOD, WHETHER HE/SHE KNOWS IT OR NOT.

d. THAT IS THE REASON FOR TEACHING ON THE SUBJECT, BECAUSE WE CAN NOT USE SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW WE HAVE. ( Illustration: You could be a millionaire but if You do not know how to write a check you could die in poverty and lack )

2. AUTHORITY IS GIVEN TO DISCIPLES

a. NOTICE THAT HE GIVES AUTHORITY TO DISCIPLES, NOT APOSTLES. THE APOSTOLIC CALL IS AN AREA OF MINISTRY, WHILE BEING A DISCIPLE IS A CALLING TO FOLLOW JESUS AND LEARN FROM HIM.

b. DISCIPLE: ( 3101 mathetes {math-ay-tes'}: AV - disciple 268, vr disciple 1; 269 1) a learner, pupil, disciple )

3. AUTHORITY IS DELEGATED FROM GOD

4. AUTHORITY IS GIVEN FROM GOD AND IS OVER:

a. UNCLEAN SPIRITS ( TO CAST THEM OUT )

b. ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS AND DISEASE ( TO HEAL )

C. IN THIS MESSAGE WE WILL LOOK AT THREE POINTS.

1. HOW IS AUTHORITY RECEIVED

2. HOW IS AUTHORITY TO BE USED

3. THE PRICE OF MINISTERING IN AUTHORITY.

II. HOW IS AUTHORITY RECEIVED

A. IN Matthew 10:1a IT SAY'S THAT JESUS CALLED ( Summoned ) HIS DISCIPLES UNTO HIMSELF

1. WHAT IS SEEN HERE IS THAT AUTHORITY WAS GIVEN ON THE BASIS OF RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AS TEACHER/ DISCIPLE, OR WHAT WE COULD TERM MASTER/ SERVANT

2. AUTHORITY IS DERIVED FROM RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

a. BY RELATIONSHIP WE MEAN CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, INTIMACY WITH GOD, FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.

b. Lester Summerall DEFINED FAITH AS SIMPLY KNOWING GOD. SO WE COULD SAY THAT TO RECEIVE AUTHORITY FROM GOD WE MUST KNOW GOD AND HAVE FAITH IN HIM.

B. LET US LOOK AT SOME SCRIPTURE THAT BETTER SOLIDIFY OUR POINT:

a. Philippians 3:10- That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

b. John 14:10-14-Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].

c. John 14:30-31- Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.


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