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Everybody who follows Jesus will encounter a myriad of “authorities” that directly challenge the authority of Christ. These other “authorities” may be parents, teachers, bosses, presidents, institutions, religions, or ideologies. In order to stay firm in devotion to Jesus, we must believe that He has supreme authority over all. Not partial authority, not most authority—all authority.
On the basis of his authority, he commissioned his people to go and make disciples among every people group on earth. This is an impossible commission if it were not for the promise that he is with them forever. The doctrine of the supreme authority of Christ not only upholds the work of the church, it is the central message that the church preaches. “Jesus is Lord” is good news!
Joey Shaw is the International Field Office Director for the Austin Stone Community Church and a regular contributor at Verge. Joey and his family live outside the United States where they serve unreached peoples for the glory of Christ.
Joey Shaw is the founding international missions pastor, and currently the International Field Office Director, for the Austin Stone Community Church (Austin, TX). He and his team oversee over a hundred church planters who live among unreached peoples around the world. Joey has lived and served his Lord Jesus in many countries. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and has two master’s degrees (Middle East Studies and Public Affairs) from the University of Texas at Austin. He is happily married and has three young boys. Most importantly, he is an adopted child of God.