Sermons

Romans - Authority

Romans - Authority
Apr 2019 - May 2019
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. - Romans 13:1 (ESV)

Paul wants us to think about the authorities in our lives, including the government. Why are they there? What role should they play? Do they deserve our loyalty? Don't I have a King, not a president?

Paul wrote these words to a group of people who lived under a government that at the time was ambivalent and mostly ignorant to Christianity, but in a few short years things would not be nearly as peaceable. Ceasar would not only demand loyalty, but worship. Christianity would be outlawed and severely persecuted. Under these circumstances how do we think about these words? Is there a limit to submission? Is there a time or even a duty at times to disobey the authorities? When is that?

Sermons in this series

Wake Up and Fight
Sun, May 19, 2019
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. - Romans 13:11–12 (ESV) What are you anticipating? What are you looking forward to? This time of year it might be graduation or vacation. That kind of anticipation can give us energy to continue and push through current difficulties. It can build excitement to what is ahead. This perspective is not unknown to scripture. In our passage Paul tells us some good news, salvation is coming. It will happen. Things will get better, eventually. We are moving from a dark night to day. Are you ready? Take a few minutes to read through the last half of Romans 13 to prep your heart and mind. Also, please take a few minutes to read through the rest of the email for a bunch of updates. There are some specific needs and volunteer opportunities over the summer.
The Debt of Love
Sun, May 12, 2019
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8 (ESV) According to Experian, the average American has $6,354 in credit card debt. The average interest rate is around 17%. So the average minimum monthly payment is around $127. This means it will take you over 7.5 years to pay off that balance if you incur no other debt, and over that timespan you will pay over $5200 in interest on that balance. That's a little overwhelming! That's how debt can be - overwhelming. It's no wonder that Paul uses it here as an illustration. This week is not primarily about money. It's just a side-note. It is about a debt that we owe one another and how that debt has been paid in the gospel. Now we have the freedom to be generous people not just with our money, but ultimately with love. Take some time to read through Romans 13 starting at vs. 8. We will be considering together the overwhelming debt that was paid by Christ as we look at the scriptures and as we celebrate communion together. Plan to join us!
How To Disobey The Authorities
Sun, May 05, 2019
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. - Romans 13:1–2 (ESV) Paul wrote these words to a group of people who lived under a government that at the time was ambivalent and mostly ignorant to Christianity, but in a few short years things would not be nearly as peaceable. Caesar would not only demand loyalty, but worship. Christianity would be outlawed and severely persecuted. Under these circumstances how do we think about these words? Is there a limit to submission? Is there a time or even a duty at times to disobey the authorities? When is that? Last week, I entitled the message How to Obey the Authorities. This week I want to take a different angle out of the same passage and idea. I want to look at How to Disobey the Authorities. We will look at how and when we are to go expressly against the wish and power of the civil authorities. I want to encourage you to read through Acts 4 to see one instance early in the life of the church that this happened. Come ready to consider your own disobedience.
How To Obey The Authorities
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. - Romans 13:1 (ESV) The saying goes, 'There is only two certainties in life: death and taxes.' We all think about that this time of year. Hopefully you have already filed and the sting has started to wear off. Have you ever considered not paying? Maybe you even spiritualized it. The government is not going to do the 'right' things with the money after all. It's full of politicians and crooks (which are basically the same thing - right?). God could do some amazing things with that money. As we turn back to Romans, Paul wants us to think about the authorities in our lives, including the government. Why are they there? What role should they play? Do they deserve our loyalty? Don't I have a King, not a president? We are going to look at these questions in the next few weeks. It's bound to get political, but probably not in the way you are thinking. I want to challenge you to read through Romans 13, and consider where your loyalties lie.
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