OUTCASTS

Sermon Series: OUTCASTS: THE FRIENDS OF JESUS
 
June 18, 2017 – Father’s Day
Sermon #1: God’s Love for the Outcasts.
 
Luke 19:10 (New Living Translation-NLT)
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
 
Our Scripture for today is found in
Luke 15:1-32
 
The Context:
All kinds of people always gathered around Jesus.
Luke 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Jesus always attracted the simple, the humble, the poor in spirit.  Jesus also attracted the cynics, the skeptics, the critics.
 
The Context:
Jesus always used any situation to teach all the people.
Luke 15:3 says: “Then Jesus told them this parable.”  Jesus shares 3 stories about “lost and found.” A lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son.  Notice that the lost sheep was 1 of 100; the lost coin was 1 of 10; and the lost son was 1 of 2. Interesting how the value of the lost increases in each story!  Jesus is teaching us two things: One is that everyone has been lost at some point in our lives; but also that we have supreme value and deserve to be found. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us back with Him.
 
Our focus today is on this 3rd story: a father and two sons (Luke 15:11-32).
 
1. Deal with the losing.
All 3 stories have losses. We all have moments of loss, which causes sadness and disappointment. But we can’t stay there! We have to move on…we have to do something! We must seek to recover what is lost. The father in Jesus’ story was patient; no doubt he prayed and believed and waited. We too must keep the faith in the middle of loss. In the middle of loss, Proverbs 4:23-24 (NLV) says: 23 Keep your heart pure for out of it are the important things of life. 24 Put false speaking away from you. Put bad talk far from you.
So, keep your heart pure and your words clean. If God is in control, don’t you lose control!  Don’t miss this… The son who left also lost everything. He lost his family, his friends, his home, his security. Essentially, he lost his dignity, his future, his purpose.
Today, many sons and daughters are without their biological father. But they still have a Heavenly Father who loves them! They still have supreme value. God has great plans for their lives. Parents, don’t let your children become resentful and angry; help them “come to their senses” like the prodigal son did, and teach them how to forgive.
 
2.Celebrate the finding.
All 3 stories have celebrating and rejoicing. Notice verse 6: “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” And verse 9: “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” And also verse 32 “…we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  We too have successes, victories and recoveries. This should change us from pouting to praising! Small victories are victories nevertheless!  We should follow the instructions from Psalm 147:1 (ESV): 1 Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God;  for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel.  There may be loss for a while, linked with sadness and crying. But our Redeemer lives! He knows how to restore all things. Psalm 30:5 (NIV) …weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
 
Conclusion: Build on your experiences—grow in the Truth.  In each of the 3 parables, Jesus refers to celebrations beyond this world.
In verse 7, He says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
In verse 10, He says, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” And in verse 31, Jesus refers to the father saying to the son who didn’t leave, “My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
 
In closing, consider these 2 thoughts:
 
1. Outcasts are loved and actively pursued by God.
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, or how far we’ve wandered; God is always actively pursuing us to bring us back to Himself.
Fathers, pursue you children. Learn to encourage them and lift them up. Always be forgiving and understanding. Freely share with them your possessions and also your heart.
 
2. How we treat the lost has eternal consequences.
Fathers, learn to forgive and understand. You are a powerful influence in your children’s lives.
Embrace your children even when they have hurt you.
Children, love your fathers even if they are not with you. Always love them and live lives that honor God and make your parents proud!
Let us always pray and hope that the lost may be found! May the outcast be reunited with their loved ones. Amen.
 
 
 
Sermon Series: OUTCASTS: THE FRIENDS OF JESUS
 
June 25, 2017
 
Sermon #2: “
The Outcast and God’s Unconditional Love
” by Pastor Saulino Diaz.
 
Luke 19:10 (New Living Translation-NLT)
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
 
Our Scripture for today is found in Luke 19:1-10. It’s the story of Zacchaeus.
 
Luke 19:1 – Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  Crossing paths with an outcast may not be in your daily schedule, but it is a divine appointment with God.
 
Luke 19:2 – A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
Who is a “tax collector” today? Corrupt government officials, abusive bosses, people who take advantage of you and your hard-earned money (cheaters), and those who only think of themselves (greedy, selfish). We tend to look down on these kinds of people. But really, they are sinners. And sinners need Jesus too!
 
Luke 19: 3 – He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
Many people today want to see Jesus but something has been getting in the way. When people think of living right or at least, better than before, most come up “short!”
 
Luke 19:4 – So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
How do you react to rejection, during your difficult hours? Do you run away and hide? Or do you overcome the negative feelings and try to find a solution? Zacchaeus found a way!
 
Luke 19:5 – When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately.”
Jesus knows your name, and He wants to meet you. Jesus did not give up on Zacchaeus, and He won’t give up on you!
 
Luke 19:6 – So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
Sometimes we’ve been hurt for so long that we hold on to resent. We even blame God for our pain. But Zacchaeus shows us how to put aside our pain and bad memories, and welcome God into our lives.
 
Luke 19:7 – All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
People can be harsh and destructive, all in the name of God! Others don’t quickly accept the good changes in your life. But you must show them your change is real in Jesus Christ.
 
Luke 19:8 – But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  Compare the rich young ruler. In Matthew 19:16–30, Mark 10:17–31 and Luke 18:18–30, Jesus is confronted by a young man who is very wealthy. He wants to know from Jesus how to have eternal life. When Jesus says that he should give away his riches to the poor and follow Him, the man walks away sad and discouraged. But Zacchaeus responds differently. His encounter with Jesus changes his heart. Zacchaeus voluntarily gives away some of his wealth and is willing to repay anyone he cheated. We too must have a change of heart and life-style when we encounter Jesus. His life transforms our life.
 
Luke 19:9 – Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.”
Zacchaeus had every reason to not follow Jesus. But he experienced a change. And Jesus sees him in a new way. We too can have forgiveness and salvation, and be called a child of God.
 
Luke19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
How are we reaching the people that society has rejected? What are you doing to connect with the outcasts? Jesus is still seeking and He is still saving us from our sins.
 
Conclusion:
Will you follow Zacchaeus’ example and do everything you can to come close to Jesus? The greatest blessing of your life is waiting for you.
Say no the old way of living, and say yes to Jesus today. Jeremiah 30:17 (New International Version-NIV) says: “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the Lord, “because you are called an outcast, Zion, for whom no one cares.”
If you feel like an outcast—like no one cares for you—God does! He loves you and wants to heal you, to restore your purpose and significance. Come humbly to God and let Him change your life.


Share your Faith in Jesus

Own the Vision through Evangelism and Discipleship

Sharing your Faith in Christ

Salt of the earth, Light of the world

Jesus told us to go into all the world to share the gospel!

Why do we hesitate to share our faith?

  1. We are AFRAID
  2. We don’t feel QUALIFIED
  3. We don’t want to be PUSHY
  4. We are COMPLACENT

Sharing the love of Jesus

1) You can use what you HAVE

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:29

Use what you HAVE to REACH those you love

2) You can INVITE someone to CHURCH


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 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. John 4:28-30

3) You can SHARE your STORY


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 He replied, “Whether [Jesus] is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! John 9:25

26 Then they asked him, “What did [Jesus] do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too? John 9:26-27

19 Jesus told his disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19

17 Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

So what can you do?

You can use what you have.
You can invite someone to church.

You can share your story.



Prayer & Fasting Series – Sermon 1

January 15, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) Never stop praying.

 

But we do stop praying…sometimes not praying for days…

What stops us from praying?

 Let’s consider 3 HINDRANCES TO PRAYER
 
1. Unbelief / Doubt.
2 Greek words in the NT for Doubt:
  • Diakrino—undecided on what to do due to lack of information.
  • Distazo—uncommitted to what one knows can be done; skepticism.

2 Greek words in the NT for Unbelief:

  • Apistea—having little or no faith; a conscious choice not to trust.
  • Apeitheia—unwilling to believe; complete disbelief; apathy.

There is a progressive escalation:

First, a person may doubt (diakrino) because they don’t know about God.

Second, after being instructed about God through His Word, a person doubts (distazo) because they can’t decided what to do, give their life to God or not.

Then, a person moves into unbelief (apistea) by not wanting to accept God’s free gift of salvation.

Lastly, a person settles into unbelief (apeitheia), unwilling to believe and trust God.

 

What’s the cure for doubt and unbelief?

Mark 11:23-24 (NIV) 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Believe God and what He says in His Word!

Commit yourself to trust God and do what He says!
 
 
2. Unforgiveness.
The Bible commands us to forgive others if we want to forgive us and hear our prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:12, 14-15 (NIV) 12 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Unforgiveness blocks our peace with God, and takes our joy away.

Unforgiveness exposes our marriages & families to bitterness.

Unforgiveness hinders our prayers!

 

The Cure for unforgiveness?

Mark 11:25 (NIV) “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Colossians 3:13 (NIV) Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 18:35 (NIV) …forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Why withhold what God so freely given to us?

Humble yourself and get right with Godand with everyone else!

 
3. Unconfessed Sin.

Psalm 66:18-19 (NIV) 18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; 19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. 

The prayer of a sinner who repents and wants God’s forgiveness will certainly be heard.

But the prayer of an unrepentant heart with hidden, unconfessed sin God will not hear.

 

The Cure for Unconfessed sin?

Humble yourself and confess (agree with God) that you have sin and want forgiveness.

Daniel 9:18 (NIV) We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.

Psalm 19:12-14 (NIV)

12 But who can discern their own errors. Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.

   Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

   be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

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Conclusion:

When we pray, we must believe in God and that He hears us!

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him

Remember: Never Stop Praying!



NEW YEAR / NEW ME

January 1, 2017

NEW YEAR / NEW ME – Starting the Year Off Right

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Happy New Year, everyone.

The last time January 1
st fell on a Sunday was in 2012, and the next one won’t be till 2023. So it really is a big deal to have January 1st
fall on a Sunday this year. We get to start the new year off on the Lord’s Day. It’s God’s way of giving us a new start. Like the beginning of a new day, a new week and a new month, a new year is a way of wiping the slate clean and getting another chance. We all could use another chance!

 

So, the last phrase of the preceding verse says,
“The old has gone, the new is here!”
 

2016 has gone, 2017 is here!

The “old” refers to something used up, worn out.

The “new” refers to something unused, untouched.

How many of us like new things? Of course we do! Even used things that are new to us, we call them “lightly worn” or “gently used” or “vintage” so we won’t feel bad that someone already used them up and wanted to get rid of them. Something “old” is something “used up.”

 

But a new year…well, that’s something everybody wants! It’s brand new! It’s a new chance to succeed, to accomplish something we didn’t do last year. We get hopeful, we make resolutions, we believe for something better.
Unfortunately, many enter a new year as the same old persons.

Unchanged lives will use up a new year and have little good to show for it at the end.

How then shall we live in this new year?

The first phrase of our verse says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.”
The key to a new year is a new me
.
The key to a new me is to be in Christ
.
To be in Christ is to have a new relationship with God through His Son.

In Christ means to live as redeemed and regenerated in the environment of the resurrection life of Christ Himself.

Redeemed (redemption) is explained in Ephesians 2:13 (NIV) “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus is the payment made to the Father for the sins we have committed against Him. To be redeemed means to have been purchased and belonging to Jesus, our Savior and Master.
 

Regenerated (regeneration) is to come back to life. In John 5:24 (NIV) Jesus explains this: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

All this—and much more—occurs only when we are in Christ
.

In Christ, life is a vital, vibrant, pulsating, dynamic and functioning involvement with God and His Holy Spirit.

If this first statement of 2 Corinthians 5:17 is true, then the second is too…

The new creation is the new you every new day!
It’s not just a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
It is God at work in our spirit, soul and body

New thoughts for the mind

New feelings for the heart

New activities for living

New principles for service.

“In short, the new birth is a miracle—the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!” —Arthur W. Pink

 

So, here’s the challenge: What will you do with your 2017?

Will you be the same old youor will you be a new creation in Christ?

How will your life be different and better in 2017?

ECCF will begin 2017 with a time of Fasting and Praying. 

Fasting is giving up a meal or more every day for the purpose of teaching our body and soul to submit to God and desire Him more than food.

Praying is learning to be in God’s Presence and training our spirit to hear His Voice.

Isaiah 58 is an excellent chapter for reading and studying God’s thoughts on fasting and praying. Fasting is not just abstaining from food as a sign of humility. It is also doing acts of compassion and showing kindness to others. This is God’s chosen fast.

 

And once we have fasted and prayed, when we have linked the two together, Isaiah 58:9 (NIV) says, 9Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I.

14 Then you will find your joy in the Lord, 

How many times have you called on the Lord and the answer doesn’t to come? With fasting and prayer, the Lord will answer.

How many times have you cried for help? The Lord will say, “Here am I.”

Verse 14 says, “Then…” After we have prayed, fasted, humbled ourselves and acted kindly toward others, THEN“you will find joy in the Lord.”

 

A New Year…A New Me!

A New Chance…I in Christ and Christ in me, 2017 will be my best year ever!



GOD & PERSONAL POLITICS

October 30, 2016
 

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

 

There are 3 groups of people mentioned in these verses:

  1. The “rulers and authorities.”
  2. Persons all around “toward everyone.”
  3. Us, believers. “the people

 

There is plenty of reason expect difficulties and differing views and opinions this election season.

From the Pew Research Center:

  • The U.S. voting-age population (vap) for 2016 is projected to be 225,778,000.
  • This electorate will be the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history.
  • The Hispanic electorate will reach a record high in 2016 with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.
  • In Texas, the vap is projected to be 17,523,904, with just over 5 million Hispanic or Latino voters.
More information can be found at: pewresearch.org and census.gov
 
1. Personal Politics include Practicing Peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV) 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  1. We are subject to God (“prisoners for the Lord”)
  2. We have a high calling from God.
  3. We are to exercise and express self-control.

 

Ephesians 5.1-2 (The Message Bible – MSG) Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

  1. Keep company with GodLove extravagantly
  2. Study how Christ livedPractice peace.
 
2. Personal Politics include Working for Unity.

Ephesians 4:3-6 (NIV) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

  1. We are called to keep the unity of the Spirit.
  2. Answer the call!
  3. God is exalted when we work for unity with Him.
 
3. Personal Politics include Showing Respect.

James 3 (NIV) 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

  1. Be careful what you post on social media.
  2. Be careful how you debate your personal politics.
  3. Be careful not to divide the body of Christ.

 

“We cannot give others any reason to identify us a ‘haters’ or ‘bigots.’ The world will not be won by Christians who are shaking their fists at sinners.” Dr. George O. Wood, AG General Superintendent.
 

Conclusion: What should we do? What can we do?

  • Pray for wisdom and direction; for the candidates.
  • Engage by being well-informed; be politically active.
  • Watch our attitudes; live by godly principles.
  • Do good: be known for our compassion and mercy.
  • Keep eternal matters and temporal issues in perspective.
  • Fight the good fight: the Lord is on our side.
  • Praise the Lord: the joy of the Lord is our strength.
 
Let us pray that God have mercy on our Nation and on us.


God & Politicians

October 23, 2016
 
Psalm 146:1-10 (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

  Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;

      I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes,

    in human beings, who cannot save.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

    on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,

    the sea, and everything in them—He remains faithful forever.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed

    and gives food to the hungry.

    The Lord sets prisoners free,

8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,

    the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,

    the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the foreigner

    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,

    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

     Praise the Lord.
 
1. Honor Leaders, but don’t idolize them.
Ps. 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
 
  • Human leaders are necessary and to be honored.
  • But they cannot save us!
  • Promises and plans will fail.
  • Examine character and values before voting for someone.

 
2. Trust in the Lord.
Ps. 146:5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—He remains faithful forever.
 
  • Believe in God – He is our help and our hope!
  • Depend on Jesus – He alone has the power to save us!
  • God is faithful…forever!

 
3. Follow our Leader’s Example…
There are 3 verses with 3 phrases in each of what God does, and how we can follow His lead:

Ps. 146:7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungryThe Lord sets prisoners free,

  • By protecting the oppressed (7a)
  • By feeding the hungry (7b)
  • By bringing righteousness to our justice system (7c)
 

Ps. 146:8 the Lord gives sight to the blindthe Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.

  • By bringing both physical and spiritual healing to others (8a)
  • By honoring those who serve with humility (8b)
  • By loving those with godly character, not just those with wealth or power (8c)

 

Ps. 146:9 The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

  • By providing help to those outside of our country (9a)
  • By providing financial help to widows and orphans (9b)
  • By standing against wickedness (9c)
 
Conclusion: There’s Always a Reason to Rejoice.

Ps. 146:1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.
 

Even in politically stressful times, we can still find joy in praising and trusting God.



God & Politics

October 16, 2016

 

What is politics? The origin of the word politics

  • The Greek word polis, means “city” or “community.”
  • Related word polītēs, means “citizen.”
  • Polis and polītēs have something to do with cities or communities or the citizens who live in them.

Politics is the activities that relate to influencing the laws, actions and leadership of a government for the purpose of governing and serving its citizens.

Being political means supporting and promoting ideas or strategies of a particular leader, group or party in politics. It is being active or interested in, or motivated by, politics.

“Politics is the science of good sense applied to public affairs; and as those are forever changing, what is wisdom today would be folly—and perhaps ruin—tomorrow. Politics is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men’s view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed.”  Fisher Ames (1758-1808)

 

Can Christians be Politically Acitve?

Yes, we can—and we should!

Titus 3:1 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.

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Christians are called to Submit

Romans 13:1 (NIV) 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. …they are servants of God

(v. 4 & 6)

 

Christians are called to Pray

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV) 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

 

Christians are called to Honor

1 Peter 2:13-17 (NIV) 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 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 people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
 

Politically Active Christians

  1. Accept governing authorities as servants of God.
  2. Submit to human authorities for the Lord’s sake.
  3. Pray for leaders and all those in authority.
  4. Live as free people, respecting and honoring everyone.

            Everyone who believes in God can do this!*

 

Titus 3:3-8 (NIV) At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

To influence politics in a positive way

Remember who we were…where we came from…

Remember Who changed us…Who can still change us…

Remember to be peaceful and honorable.

Remember Who is in control!

 

Jesus Christ is Our Ultimate Allegiance!