GOD IS SOVEREIGN IN GOVERNMENT

February 15, 2015

Summary

GOD IS SOVEREIGN IN GOVERNMENT – Sermon, One Way Christian Center

Sermon Notes:

1. Submit
2. God is Sovereign
3. God uses governments to accomplish his plans
4. Recognize sin, repent, turn to Christ

Romans 13:1-7
Rom 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God
Rom 13 – Be subject to governing authorities
Individual level
Governing Authority, or higher authority
1. Not just governments, but anyone who has authority over you
Governing – (1)Better, (2)higher, (3)supreme
2. No authority except from God
ALL who have authority, their authority is delegated or instituted by God
Raise some questions???
What about evil governments?
Who is in control? God or the Devil???
Is God sovereign in ALL things – SHOCKER!!!
1900’s 20th Century – Est. 180 Million Died
Hitler – 11 million people, 6 mil Jews
Stalin – 14 to 20 million people
Pol Pot – 1 million people
Saddam Hussein
When can a government be overthrown?
When is it okay to rebel against government or a church?
What are the different roles of church and state?
If a government is overthrown, – did God ordain this? – MORE
Pharaoh
The King of Assyria
King Nebuchadnezzar
King Belshazzar
The Greeks
The Romans

 God is SOVEREIGN is both good and evil governments

Daniel 5:18-19
Exodus 34:24
Isaiah 9:11
Isaiah 10:5
Isaiah 10:12
Isaiah 14:25-27

VENGEANCE – NOT INHERENTLY EVIL

 GOD can and does exercise his POWER through good and evil governments
OLD TESTAMENT GOD???
John 19:10-11

(2) Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

 HUGE – Jesus submitted
 Not just – civil disobedience, lack of law and order
 Always???
 Do you march in Hitler’s army?
 US and ISIS
 What about the revolutionary war?
 What about the civil war?
 What about Rosa Parks who in 1955 refused to give up her seat?
 Always??? In every case???
 How do governments and laws change?
 This is opposing the existing government established by God
 When & How, By the POWER of God

Acts 4:18-20
Daniel 6:10

 What would life be like without government?
 No 911, gang warfare, no firemen, no order

1 Peter 2:13-15
 We are to overcome evil with good
 We are to pay our taxes
 We are citizens of heaven and also of the government
 Christians in government – (4) for he is God’s servant for your good.

Matthew 22:21
 God’s hand working to restrain evil through government
 Government is given the power of the sword
 Early Christian thinking…

2 Thessalonians 2:6-7

Romans 8:28
NOT WRITTEN IN A VACUUM
Romans 8:35-39
Matthew 20:25-26

1. Submit
2. God is Sovereign
3. God uses governments to accomplish his plans
4. Recognize sin, repent, turn to Christ

By Pastor Bryan Walker, One Way Christian Center

Bible References

  • Romans 13:1 - 8

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