SERIES: Heart & Soul: A Study through Romans
MESSAGE: The Christian and Government
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Romans 13:1-7

MESSAGE SUMMARY
There has always existed a tension between God’s people and human government, especially when we are not in favor of those who are in power. We may find it hard to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” (Matthew 22:21) while being faithful to God. The Christians in Rome were no different when Paul wrote this letter. Let’s consider five principles that form a practical theology for Christian believers in relationship to secular human government.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: January 12, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Christian and Government"
Text: Romans 13:1-7

Path

There has always existed a tension between God's people and human government, especially when we are not in favor of those who are in power. We may find it hard to "render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's" (Matthew 22:21) while being faithful to God. The Christians in Rome were no different when Paul wrote this letter. In this teaching, Pastor Skip considers five principles that form a practical theology for Christian believers in relationship to secular human government.

  1. Our Role with Government (vv. 1, 5)
  2. The Rule of Government (vv. 1b-2)
  3. The Reason for Government (vv. 3-5)
  4. The Response to Government (vv. 6-7)
  5. The Rival against Government (v. 5b)
Points

Our Role with Government (vv. 1, 5)The Rule of Government (vv. 1b-2)The Reason for Government (vv. 3-5)The Response to Government (vv. 6-7)The Rival against Government (v. 5b)Practice

Connect Up: Although we can't always answer with certainty, why do you think God allows some leaders to rule (e.g., Nero, who persecuted Christians)? Why doesn't He superintend godly leaders? What does this tell you about God's providential care of people? Use these verses in your discussion:Connect In: Even when we disagree with the leaders in our government, Christians are called to respect and pray for them. Some of the key elements to pray for include purity, peace, openness to God's truth, sincerity, and wisdom. Use the following texts to determine specifics. What are some other areas?Connect Out: Take time to pray for our leaders using the previous texts:

Local: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lt. Governor Howie Morales, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Mayor Tim Keller (Albuquerque), Mayor Alan Webber (Santa Fe), Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, and Representatives Debra Haaland, Xochitl Torres-Small, and Ben Ray Luján

National: President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the White House Cabinet (executive branch); Supreme Court, Federal Courts (judicial branch); House of Representatives, Congress, Senate (legislative branch); Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

OUTLINE


  1. Our Role with Government (vv. 1, 5)

  2. The Rule of Government (vv. 1b-2)

  3. The Reason for Government (vv. 3-5)

  4. The Response to Government (vv. 6-7)

  5. The Rival against Government (v. 5b)


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