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God's Plan

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Stephen Johns

on 6 August 2017

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Transcript of God's Plan

Romans 13:1-7
authority and faith
Matthew 7:29 "Jesus was teaching as one with authority"
Matthew 8:1-4 Healing of the leper and submission to priests
Matthew 8:5-13 Centurion faith in authority of Jesus
Matthew 8:14-15 Peter's Mother-in-law healed and serves
Matthew 8:16-17 Sick brought to Him
Matthew 8:18-22 Jesus is higher than human authority
Matthew 8:23-27 "Oh you of little faith"
God's Character Displayed
Ruling Authority
Justice on the Wicked
Justice for the Righteous
Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
Gospel Truth
Gospel Truth
1 John 2:2

"He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."
Gospel Truth
Romans 8:14-17a

"14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ . . ."
All authority is from God
“no authority except from God. . . instituted by God”
vs. 1
vs. 2
vs. 4
vs. 6
“resists the authorities resists what God has appointed”
“God’s servant . . . servant of God”
“ministers of God”
3 Aspects of Retributive Justice
(Payment of vengeance)
"Wielding the Sword"
Taking life
"Instituted by God"
Derived authority
Punish the Wicked
Protect the Vulnerable
Refreshed in God's Sovereignty
God is in control
When Paul and Silas are in jail
When Jesus was in Pilate's court
When John the Baptist was beheaded
When prosecutors withhold evidence
When police abuse
When taxes are high
When politicians lie, steal, and cheat
Government can strengthen our faith by refreshing us in God’s sovereignty and renewing us in our responsibility.
When my health goes away
When my finances are in trouble
When relationships are soured
When storms rage
When the season is blessed
When doubts arise
When hurts abound
Our Response to God's Plan
Financial Submission
Relational Submission
1. We are not liable for how the government uses our taxes: "Render to Caesar"
2. It is God's intended design to support the government through taxation
3. This is a reminder that your money isn't yours but from God to steward
What Honor Is Not:
1. It is not keeping silent about sin
2. It is not always obeying
3. It is not always defending
What Honor Is:
1. It is obeying wherever possible
2. It is disagreeing respectfully
3. It is making appeals where we can when we have to obey God rather than man
4. It is using peaceful and non-violent means to oppose wicked laws and practices by the government
5. It is responding to hate, slander, prejudices, anger, and condemnation with truth spoken in love
Government can strengthen our faith by refreshing us in God’s sovereignty and renewing us in our responsibility.
Strengthening our Faith through a
"Grand Experiment in Democracy"
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