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Authority in Society (4 of 4)
Series: By Design: Living out God’s Order
Freedom of Man
Sovereignty of God
The True King
The Heavenly Kingdom
The Earthly Kingdom
The Christian Citizen
Well I have really enjoyed this By Design series, and I hope that you have, so much so that I hate for it to be ending. But I am actually just as excited about our next series we are going to be preaching a series called, ‘‘How to Get Everything You Have Ever Wanted’’ A study of the book of Proverbs… So we’ll see you back next week but this week we conclude ‘‘By Design’’ with a sermon called Authority in Society. An appropriate sermon for us especially today as on Friday we will be celebrating our nations, 238th birthday. So our scripture reading for today comes from Romans 13. Romans 13 and we are going to be reading verses 1 - 14.
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. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love eac ...
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