The Authority of Love by Greg Williams Summary
The Authority of Love is indeed, a “wake up call for the modern-day American church” to restore the Biblical standards of marriage, family and the church which are still compelling and transforming." Bob Russell (Retired), Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY Love…what we desperately need. Authority…what we doggedly avoid…unless we’re in control which is not real authority. Truth, love, authority, humility, a servant’s heart…all qualities of Christ …all qualities we talk about and aspire to as Christians and as disciples of Christ. Christ is the way, the Truth and the life. Christ (God) is Love. All Authority has been given to Him and in Him all things were made and exist by Him. He is the epitome of Humility. And He displayed the purest of servant hearts. All of these tremendous traits and virtues are found in Him. Throughout the centuries we have sought to attain these as noble and good, even in our culture and yet, as in so many cases, we’ve sought and defined them in our own terms, much to our detriment. As usual we have separated virtues in order to perfect them in and of ourselves. Christ had a better way and in His Kingdom we find that because He embodied and modeled all of these traits and qualities in perfection, He calls us to walk accordingly. As His Body, The Church, instead of following culture and separating them, attempting to perfect each, we would be wise to heed and follow His example as our Lord and see them all as inseparable and live them out just as He did. Separating these qualities as we are prone to do in our flesh has never worked. The Authority of Love points us to Christ and God’s Word and draws on real life stories to show us how Truth, Love, Authority, Humility and a Servant’s Heart are embodied in Christ and His Kingdom and how we can follow His lead in our life, marriage, family and in His Church to show the world a different way…His Way! If you are serious about walking with Christ as Lord in your life, marriage, family...in every arena of your life, this book is for you. Love and Lordship, from which this book springs, is a ministry and message that calls those who claim Christ as Savior and Lord to display the image of God in these four areas in their life and relationships: 1)Christ as Lord in all things reflected in… 2)Loving Marriages/Families/Relationships that leads to… 3)Relational Servant-leadership first in marriages and families and develops… 4)Generational Discipleship in personal life, family, The Church, and culture. As I wrote this book, we found ourselves in the middle of the first global pandemic in a century as well as political and social upheaval in the USA like we’ve not seen in the last half-century. To say the least, we are in trying times and our faith is being tested. I believe God is calling Christ’s Church to a spiritual awakening. That awakening is not just simply to do church services differently, serve more people and accommodate the culture, thinking we will reach more. It is a call... ➢For personal and collective confession and repentance of idolatry and compromise; ➢For believers to absolutely make Christ Lord of every part of your life; ➢For men to be Godly relational servant leaders, as husbands who love their marriage, spouse and family above their own success, glory and desires, just as Christ did for His Bride, The Church; ➢For marriages to be a positive testimony to the Gospel of Christ so the world will see and know Him; ➢To husbands and wives to submit to one another out of reverence for and submission to Christ as Lord; ➢To disciple our children in our homes and, in all of the above, to build loving relationships that strengthen Christ’s Church; ➢To move beyond drawing people into a weekly one-hour service or a couple hours of weekly activity to our communities or the world; ➢To disciples making disciples in loving relationships and holding each other accountable to obedience as we walk in His Love and Lordship; That call is the message of this book.