A. THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING AND TEACHING NOTHING FOR WHICH
THERE IS NO SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY.
B. OUR AIM: "SPEAK WHERE THE BIBLE SPEAKS, BE SILENT WHERE THE
BIBLE IS SILENT."
C. HOW CAN SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY BE ESTABLISHED?
A. HE HAS ALL AUTHORITY( Matt. 28:18 ).
B. THE APOSTLES' TEACHING IS HIS, THEY TEACH WITH AUTHORITY
( Matt. 16:19 ).
C. TO REJECT THEM IS TO REJECT JESUS AND GOD( Luke 10:16 ).
A. By Precept - A direct command or statement.
B. By Divinely Approved Example - By this we mean the practice of the
church in the New Testament under apostolic guidance and which the apostles
had received from the Lord, and therefore by divine guidance.
C. By Inference - That which though neither expressly stated nor specifically
exemplified yet is necessarily implied by the clear import and meaning of the
D. Let’s notice some illustrations:
A. Generic - Includes any thing, method, or means of execution that comes
within the same order or class of the precept, example or inference –
INCLUDES! Where God has not been specific.
B. Specific - Excludes everything, method or means of execution that comes
within the same order or class which is not particularly specified in the precept,
example, inference. EXCLUDES! God has specified.
C. Generic Authority Illustrated:
1. Mat. 28:19-20. "Go!" How? "Teach!" What method?
2. Heb. 10:25. "Assemble!" God did not specify, man must
choose for himself.
3. Eph. 5:19. "Sing!" From a book? Memory? Overhead?
God didn’t specify, man cannot bind.
4. Whatever expedient is chosen, it must not violate any law or principle
found in the New Testament.
D. Specific Authority Illustrated:
1. Noah’s Ark( Gen. 6:14 ). Gopher wood excludes oak.
2. Lord’s Supper( Mat. 26:26-29 ). Unleavened bread and
fruit of the vine excludes pie and ice cream.
Acts 20:7 excludes Monday observance.
3. Music( Eph. 5:19 ). Sing excludes other kinds of music.
A. WE MUST ESTABLISH SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL WE DO.
B. GOD HAS GIVEN US A PATTERN FOR SALVATION, OUR LIVES, AND