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July 2, 2017

Sermon: God and Government

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Scripture Lesson

Proverbs 24:21: 1 Peter 2:13-17

My child, fear the Lord and the king, and do not disobey either of them

For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
God and Government
Proverbs 24:21: 1 Peter 2:13-17

I. Introduction: Blondie
II. The letter’s location (1 Peter 1-2)
     A. From Rome to churches in Turkey (1:1)
     B. Some persecution (2:19)
III. The letter’s encouragement (1 Peter 2:13-17)
     A. Obey the government “for the Lord’s sake” (2:13-14)
     B. “Fear God. Honor the emperor” (2:17)
     C. The letter echoes Prov. 24:21
         1. When the king is godly fear both
         2. When in conflict fear only God
IV. What about us?
     A. Honor the government
     B. Fear God
     C. Disobey the government carefully
V. Conclusion: Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon (1723-94)


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