Following God One Step at a Time

All Authority

on September 30, 2016


This is my book review of “All Authority” by Joey Shaw.

This book details the authority of Jesus Christ.  It also describes a program at the Austin Stone Community Church, which obeys the authority of Jesus by sending over 100 missionaries from the church into countries where there are people who do not know Jesus Christ.  The author is one of these missionaries, and he is the Field Office Director at Austin Stone Community Church.

In great detail, the author describes the total authority of Jesus Christ.  For example, on page 17, the author discusses a word from the New Testament of the Bible, the Greek word archegos, which is used to describe Jesus.  The author tells us that this word means that Jesus is the leader or ruler and also champion or trailblazer.

This book intends to erase all your doubts and confusion about Jesus.

If you have any doubts about who Jesus Christ is, reading this book will make you certain that He is the Son of God.  If you wonder if Jesus is able to help you with any problem or sin, then reading this book will convince you that Jesus is able to do anything you need.  If you are not sure that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, then this book will erase all your doubts. 

The only problem I have with this book is that it goes into extreme detail, so I did get bored at times.  I found it hard to finish this book. I already believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God.  I did not need to be convinced.  Some people though do need a lot of convincing.  This book could convince almost anyone that Jesus Christ has supreme authority over all life. 

This book also lays out the reasons for all believers to be servants of Jesus Christ, to surrender to His authority. 

The author tells us that it is an honor to be a servant to Jesus.  In the Bible this honor is shown by calling believers “chosen ones” and “saints”.

The author in the last chapter of the book says that the basis for his book is Matthew 28:18-20 —

“All authority has been given to Me (Jesus) in Heaven and on earth.  Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Certainly this book lays out all the proofs to believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and we cannot live a good life without Him. 

If you would like to read more about this book, you can find it here – “All Authority”.

I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing, so I could write an honest review.

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