Church Authority (Part 1) | Victor Tey

This sermon covers the topic of Church Authority and why God has set these positions in order for the local church.

Why God has ordained positions of authority in the church (00:17)

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 – set some in the church
    1. All there for a purpose
    2. All play their part
    3. Not all same
    4. God doesn’t want clones
  2. Ephesians 4:7-16 – he gave gifts to men
    1. Perfecting
    2. Work
    3. Edifying
  3. Hebrews 13:7-9,17-18
    1. Order
    2. Example
    3. Safety from false doctrine and false teachers
    4. Don’t move from trusting one man to another – trust God!

There are only two positions of authority in a church (12:45)

  1. 1 Timothy 3:1 – office of a bishop
  2. 1 Timothy 3:10,13 – office of a deacon
  3. Philippians 1:1 – bishops and deacons

The office of a bishop (14:01)

  1. Acts 20:28 – The spiritual overseers
  2. Titus 1:5 – elder and bishop are the same office
  3. 1 Timothy 5:17-18
    1. Elders ‘rule’ in the house of God.
    2. Some labour in word and doctrine, some do not.
    3. There’s no problem with an elder being paid for by the church.
  4. Qualifications listed in Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3
    1. Character is emphasised more than doctrine
    2. Family is the test of character and leadership
    3. Doctrine must be based upon the word of God, not tradition.
  5. Not called office of a ‘pastor’, let’s take the word back from the catholics, it will start with God’s people. We don’t shy away from the word ‘church’ just because they use it.
  6. People associate words with what they’re familiar with, the only reason why bishop has a stronger association with the catholic church is because they use it more. We have shied away from it and replaced it with ‘pastor’.

Why I prefer to be called by my first name and not by a title (23:27)

  1. I like to do things the way I see it in the bible.
  2. No precedence of calling church authority by a title in the word of God.
    1. 2 Peter 3:15 – Paul referred to as ‘brother Paul’, probably not even as a title but as in ‘Paul, our brother’.
    2. Peter (1 Peter 5:1) and John were elders but Paul referred to them by first name only (Galatians 2:9)
    3. John is maybe the closest – 2 John 1:1, 3 John 1:1
      1. Could have been only John referring to himself and his position. (eg. Paul, an apostle)
      2. Was he  insisting others call him Elder John?
  3. Do I have a problem with someone wanting to be called by a title? No
  4. Do I have a problem with calling someone by a title if that is their preference? No, I will respect their opinion when it isn’t a sin.
  5. Do I have a problem with someone claiming that it’s biblical? Yes
  6. I just have a problem with people imposing their opinions/traditions as doctrines/commandments in general. Amen?

The office of a deacon (34:02)

  1. The physical overseers – practical needs
  2. Acts 6:1-7
    1. Believed to be the appointment of the first 7 deacons
    2. Deacon’s were only men because they were positions of authority – appoint ‘over’ this business
    3. Not wrong for a church to have paid women workers (eg. widows in 1 Timothy 5) but it seems managers/overseers should always be men.
    4. I believe God’s intention is that the house of God is ruled by men. Just as the home is ruled by the husband.

Why positions of authority in the church should only be held by men and not women (42:32)

  1. Ordained to be a follower and have authority over them
    1. Genesis 1:18 – an help meet for him, not the other way around
    2. Genesis 3:16 – he shall rule over thee
    3. Ephesians 5:22-24 – husband head of the wife
  2. Women are more emotion/lust/desire driven and more easily deceived
    1. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 – woman being deceived was in the transgression
    2. Genesis 3:6 – Eve tempted of Satan
      1. There is no ‘temptation of Eve’ mentioned
      2. Adam was not deceived into eating
      3. Adam and Eve were married and already sleeping together, why would Adam be tempted?
      4. Maybe Eve was abstaining from her husband, but that’s a sin so the fruit wasn’t her first sin?
    3. 1 Corinthians 11:3,7-12
      1. Head of the woman is the man
      2. Genesis 1:27 – Only man is made in God’s image
        1. ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner is a man that mutilated himself to look like a woman.
        2. I will never accept Bruce Jenner is a woman.
        3. That’s what the homosexuals really want – acceptance.
        4. You can convince 51% of the Australian population to legalize gay marriage, I will never accept your perverted relationship as a marriage.
        5. You can have all the surgeries and body modifications you want, you will always be the gender you were born and any rationally thinking person would agree with me.
        6. ill. Comparison to buying a bad car that has been ‘fixed’.
        7. “That’s ‘hate’, ‘bigotry’, ‘discrimination’” – I prefer to call it ‘bible-believing’.
        8. Doesn’t matter what you call it, the truth is the truth.
      3. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels – protected from deception

When should women keep silence in church? (01:06:34)

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:26-35
    1. The church is not the building
    2. Specifically silent during the teaching
    3. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 – learn in silence
    4. silence in the churches… if they will learn anything…
    5. Don’t teach
    6. Don’t ask questions
    7. Don’t say amen
  2. Women can:
    1. pray
    2. non-church public talks
      1. work
      2. hobbies
      3. ladies meetings – not church
      4. children’s groups
      5. Sunday school teachers
    3. laugh
    4. sing
    5. cough or clear your throat (unless you’re trying to ‘say’ something)
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