We should be good stewards of the word of God given to us. When we are, we save ourselves from false professors, false teachers, and confusion.
What a wondrous gift we have in Jesus Christ! He has done it all so let us glory in Him and Him alone!
Without God, we are clueless!
If we are confused we need to know that it is most likely not God that confused us!
If we believed that we had to follow every aspect of the law in order to go to heaven, then Jesus has just told us we are all lost! But we know that is not what He is saying.
To preach with authority does not mean that you are loud, can boast several degrees, or show how many books you have published. A man that preaches with authority gets his doctrine form the word of God. He gives glory to God. He feedsthe sheep with knowledge and understanding. He loves like a shepherd and does not threaten like a taskmaster.
I also encourage the people of God to engage their pastors more. A true man of God will not only appreciate being asked questions, he will more fully understand that God has called him to be your under-shepherd.
If the world has no problem with us then we are talking and acting like the world. If the world hates us, then we are right where we need to be — with Jesus!
The world's view of the love of Christ is based upon how His disciples treat and love one another.
When we are humble and the kingdom advances, it is clear that only God should receive the glory!