Why Submit To Authority? (6 of 13) by Daniel Rodgers

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Why Submit To Authority? (6 of 13)
Dan Rodgers
I Peter 2:13-20
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson this evening, we will take close look at two key words; the word "submit" in (vs. 13a) and the word "subject" in (vs.18). Keep in mind; these Jewish believers were under the strain of severe persecution—both by the Jewish non-believers and the official Roman Government. The last thing they needed was added trouble because of rebellion against authority. When established authority is right and is not a violation of Scripture, then we are to obey. However, when, for example, the law of the land is wrong, then we must obey God, rather than the law (Acts 5:29).

Again, there are times when nothing you and I do will please anyone; but God still wants us to behave properly in the presence of others—be it government authorities, employers, or simply other Christians who have been placed over us. Let me give you two main points this evening:

I. Submitting Ourselves to the Ordinances of Man
II. Subjecting Ourselves to the Leadership of Others


A. The rule of submission

1. God established three institutions: the family,
human government and the church. I might add; all three are under attack today. The family is being assaulted from every direction. Government as we once knew it no longer exists, and the church, for the most-part, has lost much of its influence in the world. I could preach on each of these subjects for quite some time; but this evening, I want us to keep our focus on the importance of submitting to the ordinances of man.

2. Now why are we to submit? Because God said
So! ("...for the Lord's sake"). Human government is His idea, not ours. Romans 13:1 says, Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

a. Think about ...

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