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Leadership, Membership and the Fellowship - Pt. I (13 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 4.1-5
We are currently in a study of the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians learning what it means to live under Kingdom Authority. Don’t think that living under authority is not a bad thing; in fact, it’s a rather good thing! You say, “Well, maybe, maybe not. It depends on whose authority that you’re under.”
There may be some truth to that, but remember this: you must first be under authority before you can have authority, whether that authority you’re under is pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad. You must be under before you can be over. That principle is true in military life, in your work life, in your home life or even at church life and yes, especially in your spiritual life. Surrendering to Jesus brings with it Kingdom Authority. And with Kingdom Authority comes an incredible power for overcoming the power of the enemy!
And God has given every one of His children that kind of authority and He wants to know today what are you doing with it? Are you living under His authority in victory or are you living out from under His authority in defeat!
What incredible power there is living under Kingdom Authority and today from 1 Corinthians 4,
my prayer for you is that God will take His Word and use it to give you a greater desire to live under His authority, giving you authority “over all the power of the enemy.”
Now look with me to chapter 4 where I want to speak to you about 3 well-known ships, and I’m not referring to the Nina, the Pinta and Santa Maria. The 3 ships we’re considering today, are not ships meant for sailing, but ships meant for soaring! These three ships are not filled with passengers, but ships formed by people. You say, “Ernest, what are these three ships?” Well, I’m talking about the Leader-ship, the Member-ship and the Fellow-ship!
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