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Submitting to and Honoring Authority (20 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Romans 13:1-7; Mark 12:13-17
This week, we're going to look at the importance of honoring the authorities in our lives. It is possible to give people honor and respect even when we don't agree with them. Jesus told us to do unto others what we would have them do to us (Luke 6:31). Honor plays a very important role in loving other people and showing the world who Jesus is.
Main Scriptures: Romans 13:1-7; Mark 12:13-17
EQUIP: Revivalists in the Kingdom live in submission and honor to Jesus and those in authority.
Teaching Point 1: Jesus taught people to honor authority. (Mark 12:13-17)
In MARK 12:13-17, Jesus spoke to people who were trying to trap Him in His words. Instead of calling them out for their hypocrisy and malice, He chose to teach them about honor.
When they asked Jesus whether or not it was lawful to pay taxes, He requested a denarius, the money of the time, and said, ''Whose likeness and inscription are these?'' They replied, ''Caesar's.'' He answered, ''Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God the things that are God's'' (MATTHEW 22:20-21). Jesus was teaching them about more than money. He was teaching about honor, too.
It is important to honor governing authorities, even when we don't fully agree with their rules and decisions. ''Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted'' (ROMANS 13:1-2).
Honor does not mean that you agree with every action a person or government makes. ''Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority'' (ROMANS 13:7).
Peter learned from Jesus to win people through humility. ''However, we don't want to offe ...
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