by Jason Dees

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Church and Government (2 of 2)
Series: Q and A
Jason Dees
Mark 12: 13- 17

Church and Government
Praying for officials 1 Tim 2.
Those made in the image of God belong to God, in Creation and particularly in Redemption.
Highest authority
God’s Kingdom
1 Peter 2

Mark 12
13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, ‘‘Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?’’ 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘‘Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.’’ 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, ‘‘Whose likeness and inscription is this?’’ They said to him, ‘‘Caesar’s.’’ 17 Jesus said to them, ‘‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’’ And they marveled at him.

This is God’s Word.

Well if you have been with us we have been in a series called Q&A where we have been trying to answer questions that our church has been asking about the things that we believe in a changing culture. And I think it has been a great series for our church, but today we wanted to end our series by talking about a question that certainly isn’t new in fact it is very old. It was a question that Jesus himself was asked and a question that Christians have been asking, or talking about ever since. We titled this sermon Church and Government, but really I want to look at a much bigger question than that, it is bigger than Christianity and politics, it is the question of Christianity and Nationality, who am I as a Christian, and who am I as an American and how do the two relate, how should the two relate, how should the two inform one another.

One of the questions I like to ask people is what is the very first news story tha ...

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