1 October 2017 – Rev S Rothery

1 October 2017 – Rev S Rothery



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: Rev. Stephen Rothery

I am married to Shannan and we love life in the Redlands.


I love tinkering with technology, have spent waaaay too much time in on-line gaming and am an early adopter of virtual reality. (Currently rocking a HTC Vive at home and GearVR for mobile) Before coming into ministry my background was in Electrical Engineering/IT which meant I spent a lot of time working with information systems and automation in factories and industry around Queensland. All of this means that I am basically a huge nerd 🙂


In terms of faith, I am passionate about journeying with people as they seek to follow Jesus and understand what this looks like in their family/work/community. None of us are perfect, but through God\’s grace we can make a difference as together we seek to bring hope in places of despair, love to those who feel lost or ashamed and comfort to those who are hurting.