1 October 2017

1 October 2017



Matthew 21:23
When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

The authority of Christ is something we perhaps take for granted in the church. We would answer the question “God’s authority, God gave the authority to Jesus, the Son.” We know this because the Old Testament tells
us of the coming Messiah in prophecy. Jesus declares his authority in actions – healing, miracles and overcoming death and in sayings. But we also know it through our own experience and relationship with the
living God. We can speak with authority of God and our salvation because we are filled with the Holy Spirit and know the reality of an all powerful God.

Source acknowledgements:

1  Elwell, Walter A. “Entry for ‘Authority'”. “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology”, 1997.

2  Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding : An Introduction to Christian Theology. Third edition. ed.  Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.

Speaker: Moira Dodsworth

Although not born in Australia, I have lived here for 30 years mostly in Central Queensland, including 25 years in Mackay. Two years ago I moved to Brisbane after being accepted as a candidate for ministry. I am studying my Bachelor of Theology and attend training at Trinity College in Auchenflower. I did a student placement at Tarragindi Uniting Church last year and am spending this year at Cleveland. I live with my dog and cat and do patchwork for fun.

Moira Dodsworth     May 2017