THEREFORE … “Be Subject to the Governing Authorities”
Mike Bullmore / September 15, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
Submission to the Authorities
13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
- When you think of human government are you more inclined to think along party lines or the vertical line of government “under God”? How might Romans 13 reshape the fundamental way you actually think about government?
- How does the idea of a police officer being so explicitly called a “servant of God” sit with you? Are you able to hold that idea together with the reality of human frailty, weakness, and even sinfulness? What in Romans 13 helps you to do that?
- Where are you most challenged to obey Romans 13:1a? Is that due to some moral issue or is it a matter of personal inconvenience? If it is a moral issue, what do you feel you should do?
Mike Bullmore is preaching from Romans 13:1-7 this morning in a sermon he has titled, “THEREFORE… Be Subject to the Governing Authorities.”