Here are the notes from this past week's talk on the authority of the Bible...
I. What is authority?
A. Someone who knows their stuff (She's an authority on cheeses.)
B. Someone who can tell people what to do (She's an authority figure)
C. The right and responsibility to lead, rule, guide, direct, order, etc...
II. The Gospels as history
A. Internal claims --- Lk. 1:1-4; Jn. 21:24
---They're writing history, not poetry or fiction or fantasy.
---Remember to distinguish between ancient and modern history
B. External evidence
---From the church --- ancient Christians treated the Gospels as history
---From secular sources --- agreement in broad strokes between Gospels and secular writers (see Josephus or Tacitus)
III. Jesus as both claiming and evidencing authority
A. Through teaching (ex. Mt. 7:29)
B. Through miracles (ex. Mt. 21:23ff; Mk. 2:10; Lk. 20ff)
C. Through direct claims (ex. Mt. 28:16-20; Jn. 10:18)
IV. Jesus communicating his authority through the Bible
A. Jesus' treatment of the Old Testament
B. Jesus' commissioning of his apostles
C. The treatment of the apostles' writing
see also: http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5125