NLIs: Week 1 || DCXA Staff

January 29, 2024   /   DCXA-AU-GU

Next Level Intensives

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Week 1



Authority of Scripture

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”  2 Timothy 3:16

 

We believe Scripture is:

    • The Bible is the very word of God.  He revealed His will and purposes to chosen writers who, with the help of the Holy Spirit, faithfully and precisely recorded.

 

    • The Bible is true and reliable, without error.
    • It is absolutely trustworthy.
    • This applies to all the Scriptures.

 

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    • The Bible is determinative for belief and behavior.
    • It is not just one authority among others, but it is final authority.

 

What is true in one part of Scripture is true in every part; the Bible does not contradict itself.

 

We walk in the authority of Scripture, not in the reality of our feelings, experiences, or desires.

  • This is because we are born with a sin nature.2

 

The Bible is the rule of faith and conduct.  It defines our worldview, morality, and ethics.

  • Pentecostal Distinctives — We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all believers and are for today.3
    • Empowerment for witness
    • Edification of the Church


  • Women In Ministry / Gender Roles — We believe in and affirm the gifts of women in ministry and spiritual leadership.4
    • God has poured out His spirit on both men and women.
    • The Bible chronicles many examples of both men and women as church leaders, elders, prophets, and deacons.
      • “These instances of women filling leadership roles in the Bible should be taken as a divinely approved pattern, not as exceptions to divine decrees.” – Assemblies of God Position Papers

Authority of Jesus

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”  Matthew 28:18

 

We believe:

    • We are all sinners in need of a savior, and Jesus is the Messiah and only way to salvation.5
    • We follow His teachings, which all affirm and fulfill the scriptures.
    • It is Jesus’s desire for all to be saved.6
    • Jesus is the only way to salvation.7

 

Authority in the Church (& Christian Community)

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.  Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”  Hebrews 13:17

 

It is part of God’s design for the Church to have leadership.  

  • They are to be shepherds over the flock God has entrusted to them.8
  • It is their job to build up the body.
  • This takes many forms (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers.)9

 

Church leaders are called to high standards.10

 

We are called to honor our church elders and leaders and submit to their authority.11



Other Notes





Thinking Critically

Why does this matter?



What does this mean for my life / time at AU or GU?

 

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