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God's Government

October 11, 2022

1 Peter 2:13-15


Take Time to Pray


Psalm 66:17-20

17 I cried out to Him with my mouth;

His praise was on my tongue.

18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened;

19 but God has surely listened

and heart my voice in prayer.

20 Praise be to God,

who has not rejected my prayer

or withheld His love from me.


Examine


13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: Whether the king, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.


Notice


God

· God established the government.

· God wants us to obey the government (unless it goes against God’s Word).


Lesson

· Our behavior regarding government can be an example to others.

· We need to obey government as an extension of God – unless it goes against God’s Word.

· Breaking the law is disobedience to God, no matter how dumb we think the law is.


Do


Question

· What governmental law can I work on today?


Response

· Driving


August 25, 2023


This is a tough teaching. There is so much that the government passes laws on that we don't like. And there are governments throughout the world that seem like there is no way that God put that government in place. How can bad governments possibly be part of God's plan? Just like everything else here on earth, sinful man with his free will can make a mess of what God intended for good. The government was established "to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right." (1 Peter 2:14) Once again, man messed up God's plan.



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