Teaching With Authority (Part 3)

FOR THIS REASON—no one should be allowed to teach anything to unsuspecting people when they have not been qualified and proved they know what they’re talking about. It is not a sin to get education to teach God’s Word; it is not sin to study The Word with other books in-hand. It’s not sin to ask for help when one doesn’t understand—how to make distinctions in the eras and what was said, to whom and why. It is not a sin to question—this is how we learn! Of course, when we ask of God, He gives us direction, instructions, and corrects through Holy Spirit when we are willing to hear and receive.

Okay, the bottom line is this—Jesus taught with real authority because He knew exactly what He was talking about because He was acting with the authority of God! Imagine that! God gives us authority through Holy Spirit and we, too—can teach with real authority—the ability to simplify with practical analogies so everyone can understand.

So, here’s the question—especially for those in leadership positions teaching—are people amazed with your teaching with authority? If you’re just memorizing scripture to throw in at appropriate places—you have no authority. If you’re just mimicking what others have done—you have no authority. If you’re just preaching from someone else’s book or articles, you have no authority. If you have no authority and people recognize it—they are not going to be amazed with your teaching. If you have no real authority backing up everything you say, you’re not even amazed at your teaching—it’s just something you do to take up time.

If you really want to amaze people and please God at the same time—allow Holy Spirit to provide you with the authority you need in teaching The Word—giving God the glory, and not you or other people. God is not a respecter of persons and if we are truly His children, what He did for one, He’ll do for the rest of us—empower us to teach with real authority.

Teaching With Authority (Part 2)

In God’s Church—led by those who actually seek God for a Word to give to the people and His direction—Holy Spirit leads the service—in praise and worship, shepherding of the sheep, and especially in The Word—they teach God’s Word with authority—keeping everything aligned with The Word. They encourage the congregation, they teach by living The Word, and they are willing to undergo the scrutiny of microscopic inspection and know they live to please God. In God’s church—everyone, from every walk of life is welcomed and encouraged to develop a right relationship with God. In God’s Church, He can make a little—much—and everyone is encouraged to give as the Lord as put on their hearts to give. Every offering is considered a blessing and the biggest giver to the least—are treated equally—encompassed with the love of God.

This could go on and on, but I do not wish to digress from the premise of teaching with authority. No one can teach anyone anything with authority unless they actually know what they are talking about—not just heard about.

This is why, Paul admonishes us through his letter to Timothy to study to show ourselves approved and then seek Holy Spirit in how to use practical analogies to simplify the lesson. This is what the Pharisees could not do because they were so “religious” they had only memorized the law and did not have a clue as to how to present it to people to apply to lives. They were too busy trying to keep people adhering to the letter of The Law, rather than the spirit of the law. They thought it more expedient to hold people in bondage than allowing them the freedom to seek God for themselves. It was their determination to “maintain control” over the people that led to oppose everything Jesus did—from not honoring their rituals of washing hands before eating (which is a pretty good habit) to healing on the Sabbath (a specific day of the week). When Jesus taught them that He was The Lord of the Sabbath, they were incensed—angered at this newcomer—the carpenter’s son—who dared to defy them openly.

The same attitude prevails in many churches today. The congregation is never allowed to question the leadership openly—they just go along to get along. And when people have had the courage to question the leadership openly, they were rebuked and embarrassed and they eventually left wounded. But this is not one of God’s churches; this is one of the leader’s churches. The leader’s churches are always in the hands of a family member—the church is a business of nepotism—instead of God-led inspiration and direction.

 

(Part 3 –tomorrow)

Teaching With Authority (Part 1)

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law”. Matthew 7:28,29 NLT

In order to truly understand the premise of these two verses of scripture, one must read the entire chapter—just to keep things in context.
What things had Jesus just finished saying? Jesus was teaching about being judged by the same standards we judge, hypocrites, fruit producing after its kind, where to build a house, asking and receiving, how parents should treat children, the broad and narrow way, the wolf in sheep’s clothing, judgment day exposures—don’t even think about getting in here! And then He admonishes the crowd—those who hear and obey are wise; those who refuse to hear and obey are foolish and will receive a fool’s reward (my thoughts).

And then we come to the crowd’s amazement because He taught with “real” authority, not like those who were just posturing at being religious (Do I sound a little cynical?).

Anyone speaking God’s truth today and not their own, has the propensity to amaze folks because people are so gullible when they believe all those who are posturing—in positions of leadership in was is supposed to be God’s church—not theirs.

Here’s a clue if you don’t know which one you’re attending. In God’s church—it’s all about Him; in their church—it’s all about them. There is a remarkable difference in the messages heard and the behavior exhibited towards others.

In their church (and anyone reading this probably knows exactly what I’m talking about), the leadership expounds on what they want the people to do to make them look good. They bombard people with attempts to denigrate if the people are not giving what they think they should give (financially), they emasculate men who are not doing what they do (when men are in leadership) because they think they have the right to set the standard for how everyone should live. They insinuate that many of the parents are not good parents and put down their children, while ignoring what their own are doing (it’s not pretty). They preach messages out of emotions and observations rather than teaching the word. In doing so, they manipulate and mangle The Word, twisting scriptures out of context in order to get a point across and in the process, prove to anyone who is knowledgeable in The Word that they are not. The leadership in these churches seek people-pleasers so they can keep them in line with false promises and empty friendships. They appoint others into qualified positions who are not qualified and then wonder—what happened when things fall apart. They are very selective about who they want sitting in their precious pews and when stragglers come in off the street, they’re ready to escort you with an armed deacon or whoever. The only relationship they’re concerned with is the one with them—based upon their need of you and your money. If you don’t have money, they don’t have time for you and you can discern this by their reaction to your offering envelope.

(Part 2–tomorrow)