Sermon Notes

February 23rd – Obedience VS Convictions

Our conscience and consciousness, is what sets us apart from all other creations. We do not operate on instinct, or pre-programming that directs our behavior. We have the capacity to think, consider, weigh options, receive inspiration, and act according to what we believe is best in any given circumstance or situation.

 

Mark 12:14-15  Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?’…

 

Mark 12:15-17 Jesus knew their hypocrisy. ‘Why are you trying to trap me?’ he asked. ‘Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.’ They brought the coin, and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

 

1 Peter 2:13-17  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of the foolish. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love your fellow believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

 

Acts 4:18-21  Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.

 

Acts 5:27-29  The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,’ he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than human beings!

 

Romans 13:1-7  Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

 

Titus 3:1-2  Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

 

2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (Paul) Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea. I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own people, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.

 

1 Peter 3:13-14  Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’

 

Civil disobedience – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Video – Gandhi Speech

 

         Would you have followed him?

 

I am asking you to fight. The fight against their anger, not to invoke it.

 

Gandhi saidI like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

 

Thermometer versus thermostats – both can tell the temperature in a room… But only one can do something about it.

 

Are we truly informed?

 

Mahatma Gandhi is not the commander of armies nor the ruler of vast lands. He could not boost any scientific achievement or artistic gift. Yet man, governments, dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to honor to this little, brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom.”

 

He made simple truth more powerful than governments and armies.

 

My Personal Goal – That through wisdom and respect I would be able to have healthy conversation and earn the respect of all people even when we disagree on issues.`

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