As Baptists, we are committed to New Testament authority because it is Christ’s will that his church be built upon the apostles’ teaching. This authority touches on the question of who has authority to govern local church. This morning, we will see that the New Testament clearly places the government of a local church into the hands of the members themselves.
The story of Jethro is primarily given to us to make this important point: All men ought to give the true God glory for his wonderful works. Even during this time of salvation history where God is dealing primarily with Israel, God’s dealings with them is intended to bring all the nations to confess that Yahweh is the true God. Every man, woman, and child ought to give God the glory due his name.
Our text this morning is the story of Israel’s first conflict after defeating Egypt. This morning, I think it’s better to approach our text from the ground up. I want us to understand what’s going on, and then draw lessons for us from what the passage reveals.