by Ernest Easley

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Leadership, Membership and the Fellowship - Pt. II (14 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 4.6-21

Now turn with me in God’s Word to the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians as we continue our series of messages under the heading:

Living Under Kingdom Authority.

I received this week an email from one of our members passing along a daily devotional he had read; written by former Chaplain of the US Senate Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie:

“We’re all accountable to living under authority. And the greater the authority we are given, the more we have to place ourselves unreservedly under Christ’s authority.”

And consider the authority God has given us! He has given us authority over all the power of the enemy! He has given us authority over the spirits! He had given us authority over strongholds! Living under His authority turns us into overcomers! And how I pray that God is drawing you back under His authority these days, giving you the authority, which is yours through Christ.

As I opened that email quoting Ogilvie it read, “I liked this devotional this morning as it was right on point with your preaching about being under authority. Thank you for your faithfulness in presenting God’s word clearly to our congregation. Praying for you daily.”

The Bible would call that kind of encouragement: gold, silver and precious stones! And then I thought, “YES! THEY ARE LISTENING!”

I was reminded of that again after last Sunday mornings message when I received a call a couple of hours after worship how I had mentioned 3 ships in my message: the Nina, the Pinta and the Mayflower. The caller said, “The Mayflower doesn’t go with the Nina and the Pinta, the Santa Maria does!” And then I told my daughter Jessica, “So, you are listening!”

Well, those 3 ships may not go together, but the three ships we’re thinking about again today from this 4th chapter of 1 Corinthians certainly do! I’m talking about The Le ...

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