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Showing Respect for Authority

Studies in First Peter

Showing Respect for Authority

1 Peter 2:13-17

Sunday, July 21, 2024


Sermon Question

How should the Christ-follower Respond to Human Authority?

Submit to Every Human Authority for the Lord’s Sake

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

1 Peter 2:13-14 (ESV)

Submit to Every Human Authority because Its God’s Will

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people

1 Peter 2:15 (ESV)


Submit to Every Human Authority as God’s Slaves

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)


Submit to Every Human Authority in the Fear of God

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

1 Peter 2:17 (ESV)


Open It

Share a time when a child or teen had difficulty submitting to authority. What did that look like?

Consider It

The Greek verb “submit” was a military term referencing the ordering of troop divisions under the command of a leader. In general use, submission was “a voluntary ordering under another” expressed in cooperation or fulfilling responsibilities.

 

How did Daniel simultaneously demonstrate a fear of God and show respect for authority? Examine Daniel 1:1-21 or Daniel 6:1-28.

 

To what local governing authorities might you be subject (e.g. building inspectors, school boards, etc.)? How many others can you identify and name?

 

Pick one that you currently must submit to by ordering your life under. What would it look like for you to submit to their authority?

 

  •  "for the Lord's sake" (2:13)



  •  “as the will of God for you” (2:14)



  •  “since you are God’s servant” (2:16)



  •  “in the fear of God” (2:17)

Live It!

What does God word require of you today?

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