God’s Word for Today

What is the significance of God having spoken through Jesus Christ “in these last days”?

Almost everyone understands that our world is in the midst of an authority crisis. Two related questions keep being asked. Who can I believe? Who should I obey?

These questions are not so different from the questions the writer of Hebrews is seeking to answer. In the early New Testament era there were many voices seeking to be heard, both within Judaism and in paganism. The writer of Hebrews seeks to show that, among all the voices clamoring for attention, Jesus is the only truly authoritative voice. As a teacher you might want to start today's lesson making a list of all the voices in our day clamoring for attention: psychics, new agers, politicians, economists, entertainers might be a good start. What evidence can a Christian give to the world that Jesus should be believed over any of these voices?

2020-02-25T20:11:55+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Prayer – Lesson 12, The Supreme Authority

Heavenly Father,
We recognize Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. We believe this is true and we acknowledge His authority in our lives. Yet our world does not recognize Christ's authority. Indeed, many actively oppose His authority on their lives. And… this fleshly mindset has also affected many Christians, who believe Jesus is their Savior, but not their Lord. As we study this lesson today, may we be convinced of the absolute necessity of submitting every aspect of our lives to the authority of Christ.
In Jesus' name.

2016-05-22T08:00:00+00:00May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: |0 Comments

How do you see Jesus' authority being questioned today?

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Randy Bland writes:

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to refute some heretical teachings that had seeped into the Church. One of these heresies was that Jesus was not divine; He was just a good man who taught valuable lessons to follow. The heretics were trying to convince the Church that they still needed rules and secret knowledge to ensure that they would be saved. This heresy can still be found in some churches today, so Paul's majestic hymn to the supremacy of Christ is as important now as it was then.

Discussion: How do you see Jesus' authority being questioned today, even, at times, in the church?
Source: Jesus, Son of God: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 75.

2016-05-21T09:00:00+00:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Christ Teaches With Authority

For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:29)
What a difference between self-imposed authority and God-appointed authority! With great delightful humor I recall my high school history teacher’s love for teaching with authority. Casual observance would estimate her avoirdupois to be approximately 300 pounds, so you can picture this: Twenty-five ninth graders are in their typical rowdy “don’t like boring history class” mood, when Mrs. B. enters the room, whispering the roll call. In a matter of seconds, these perceptive scholars notice Mrs. B. is experiencing laryngitis. This is the perfect time to ignore her raspy voice, so the volume of raucous behavior heightens, only to antagonize Mrs. B. to the next level in order to gain control. She steps onto the desk chair, but seeks to acquire a more authoritative presence by climbing onto the sturdy (we hope) wooden desk. With every ounce of remaining strength, Mrs. B. engages inflamed vocal cords to restore order…and the students inwardly congratulate themselves, “We did it again!”
Of course the foregoing story is silly at best, but perhaps it will serve to illustrate just how significant it is that our Master Teacher instructs with the authority that is inspired by the God of the universe. It is not usurped. It is not arrogant. It is not contradictory. It is not self-serving. On the contrary, it is full of grace and truth. It inspires. It informs. It convicts. (RB Kuhn)

Lord, preserve me from misusing my authority; help me to lead with confidence that comes from submitting to the authority of my Savior.

This devotional is the Thursday, May 26, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

2016-05-19T11:00:00+00:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: |0 Comments

The Supreme Authority

Lesson 12 - May 22, 2016
Focus Text: Mark 11:12-26
Central Truth: Christ has all authority over the world.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to name three ways God's power and authority affect them.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Cursed Tree (Mark 11:12-14, 19-26)
  2. The Cleansed Temple (Mark 11:15-18)
  3. The Challenged Authority (Mark 11:27-33)
2016-05-16T09:00:00+00:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments


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