From Heaven or From Men?

TEXTMatt. 21:23-27

INTRODUCTION:

A.      JESUS TEACHING WAS SET APART ( Matt. 7:29 ).

B.      CONTINUALLY CHALLENGED BY THE JEWS.

          1.       Arose from jealousy.

          2.       Attempt here to "lord it over" the Lord.

          3.       His return of their question and their reaction.

C.      THIS QUESTION SHOULD BE APPLIED ELSEWHERE.

          1.       The importance of Scriptural Authority( Gal. 1:6-9;  2 John 9 ).

          2.       It is vital we know of each practice "From Heaven or Men?"

I.      THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS.

A.      GOD SPEAKS THRU HIS SON( Heb. 1:1-2 ).

          >       HOLY SPIRIT( John 16:13 ).

                   >       APOSTLES( Eph. 3:5 ).

                             >       PREACHING AND WRITING( 1 Cor. 2:12-13;  Eph. 3:3-4 ).

B.      THE N T IS GOD'S MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN( Luke 10:16;  John 12:48 ).

II.     LET'S APPLY - "FROM HEAVEN OR MEN?"

A.      THE CHURCH TO WHICH YOU BELONG.

          1.       One church( Eph. 1:22-23;  5:23;  4:4;  2:16 ).

          2.       Founded in Jerusalem, AD 33 by Jesus( Matt. 16:18;  Acts 2 ).

B.      THE RELIGIOUS NAME BY WHICH YOU ARE CALLED.

          1.       One name( Acts 11:26;  1 Pet.; 4:16;  Acts 4:12 ).

          2.       Denominational names sinful( 1 Cor. 10-15 ).

C.      THE BAPTISM TO WHICH YOU SUBMITTED.

          1.       Eph. 4:5One baptism.

          2.       baptizo,  "to immerse, to submerge, to dip." ( Rom. 6:4;  Acts 8:38 ).

          3.       The purpose

                   a.       Acts 2:38;  22:16Saves.

                   b.       Matt. 28:19-20.  In his name - into a fellowship.

                   c.       1 Cor. 12:13.  Into the church.

D.      INFANT BAPTISM.

          1.       Nowhere in the NT.  First practiced 370 AD, not generally accepted till 416.

          2.       Denies any connection between faith & obedience.  Not all we have to do.

                   ( Mark 16:16;  Acts 2:38;  Rom. 10:10 ).

          3.       Are babies polluted by Adam's sin?( Ez. 18:1-4;  2 Cor. 5:10 ).

E.      THE WORSHIP( Matt. 15:7-9 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      THE BIBLE IS THE STANDARD.

B.      HAVE YOU OBEYED ITS MESSAGE?