The purpose of this paper is to biblically answer the following question:
Who has authority over believers in the church?
This paper will address a common misconception about authority in the local church, a much talked about issue in our day, and give a biblical rationale for what authority in the church is and from where it comes. Authority in the church has often been misunderstood or misapplied by Christians due to cultural and personal biases, basing views on incorrect translations of the sacred text, or by wrongly assuming that religious traditions regarding authority are supported by the Word of God.
When anyone receives a personal letter (or email), the mind subconsciously asks the question, "What is the writer's intent?" Response to personal communication is guided by our perception of the sender's reasons for writing.
If you believe, as I do, that the Bible is the inspired, written word from God to us, then we are wise to ask the questions:
When we correctly answer those two questions, we have discovered the general theme of God's Word.
When I was a young Christian I was handed a book written by J.I. Packer entitled, Knowing God. I devoured that book. Packard's book along with Steven Charnock's classic work, The Existence and Attributes of God formed the foundation in my mind and heart on who God is and I haven't changed over the last three and a half decades in terms of my view of the attributes of God.