Sunday Night Jan. 22, 2012

Posted by Sherry

Politics, Government and Biblical Authority: Part 2

Romans 13:1,2

CBC 1/22/2012

Let’s examine our responsibility as Christian Citizens

What does it mean for us to be in “submission” to those authorities God has placed over us?

1LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God's appointment.(A)

2Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].

1689 London Baptist Confession

Chapter 24: Of the Civil Magistrate

1._____ God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory and the public good; and to this end hath armed them with the power of the sword, for defence and encouragement of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil doers.
( Romans 13:1-4 )

2._____ It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called there unto; in the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain justice and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each kingdom and commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New Testament wage war upon just and necessary occasions.

( 2 Samuel 23:3; Psalms 82:3, 4; Luke 3:14 )

3._____ Civil magistrates being set up by God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things commanded by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but for conscience sake; and we ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.

( Romans 13:5-7; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2 )

  • It is ungodly to think Christians are separate, immune or above civil government
  • we are citizens of a Republic, A Constitutional Representative Republic
  • Republic - to control the Majority strictly, as well as all others among the people, primarily to protect the Individual’s God-given, unalienable rights and therefore for the protection of the rights of the Minority, of all minorities, and the liberties of people in general. The definition of a Republic is: a constitutionally limited government of the representative type, created by a written Constitution -- adopted by the people and changeable (from its original meaning) by them only by its amendment -- with its powers divided between three separate Branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Here the term “the people” means, of course, the electorate.
  • Democracy - cruel form of government that’s not biblical
    • def - Rule by Omnipotent Majority. (if 51% say the other 49% must die...then they must die.) (mob rule) The Individual and any group of Individuals composing any Minority, have no protection against the unlimited power of the Majority. It is a case of Majority-over-Man. Whether it’s a Direct Democracy or a Representative Democracy (Britain’s parliamentary form, representatives are elected and they make the laws and rules without any public input.) The Majority’s power is absolute and unlimited; its decisions are unappealable under the legal system. This opens the door to unlimited Tyranny by Majority
  • we were born out of rebellion & we celebrate it every July 4th
    • in the South our heritage is of the Confederacy that rebelled against the rest of the Union
    • & if you are a Texan we were our own country, who came into the Union voluntarily with the understanding if a time ever came we didn’t like what was going on we would leave and be our own sovereign country again. (that’s why the Texas flag is the only flag that can fly at the same height as the U. S. Flag)
  • Irony: A bunch of rebellious Americans from the South & being preached to by a Texan discussing what.......SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITY.....LOL
    • not just authority that meet certain requirements
    • Acts 17:24The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.
    • 25Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Whogives life and breath and all things to all [people].(A)
    • 26And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes),
    • 27So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.
    • 28For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
    • God sets the boundaries and makes nations and tears them down....
    • Exodus 9:16 But for this very purpose have I let you live (Pharaoh), that I might show you My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth
    • Daniel 2:21 He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!
    • Psalm 75:6-7 For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. 7But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.
    • Proverbs 21:1THE KING'S heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.
    • ILL: King Neb ate grass like an ox 7 yrs (paranoid schizophrenia) too proud
    • Isaiah 44:28-45:1Who says of Cyrus, He is My shepherd (ruler), and he shall perform all My pleasure and fulfill all My purpose--even saying of Jerusalem, She shall [again] be built, and of the temple, Your foundation shall [again] be laid. 1.THUS SAYS the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held to subdue nations before him, and I will unarm and ungird the loins of kings to open doors before him, so that gates will not be shut.
      • Cyrus was a very evil pagan king
  • SUBMISSION TO GOD IS ALWAYS BY PROXY (agent or substitute for Him)
    • some believe a person can live their life & be a christian, but just them and God
      • ILL: I can worship just as good in my deer stand, bass I can down there at that church house
      • I can go to church but I don’t have to be a member under the church’s authority
      • that’s not biblical
    • God revealed Himself through His Word as written by “inspired” MEN!
    • Jesus instituted the “CHURCH” b/c man can’t have direct access to God on an “equal” one to one basis.
      • we pray to him as a “member” of His family & the family institution is THE CHURCH of which you must be a member
    • there is no more “revelation” to an individual human being (deer stand or not)
    • submit to God’s Authority in Home, Church, & Civil Government
    • 5th commandment: submission to Parent is submission to God, submission to God by submitting to Church & Government
    • if we don’t we’re NOT SUBMITTING TO GOD & we are rebelling against God v2
    • church exercises discipline on God’s behalf b/c a member supposed to be submitting to God and His ordinances has rebelled...
    • same with home or government
    • “children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”
    • not obey parents is displeasing & rebellion against the Lord
    • wives submit to husbands as to the Lord...or u are rebelling against God
    • husband loves the wife like Christ loved the church, not to is to rebel against Christ
    • disobedience to the law of the land is rebellion....against God
    • Acts 22:30-23:5But the next day, desiring to know the real cause for which the Jews accused him, he unbound him and ordered the chief priests and all the council (Sanhedrin) to assemble; and he brought Paul down and placed him before them. 1THEN PAUL, gazing earnestly at the council (Sanhedrin), said, Brethren, I have lived before God, doing my duty with a perfectly good conscience until this very day [[a]as a citizen, a true and loyal Jew].
    • 2At this the high priest Ananias ordered those who stood near him to strike him on the mouth.
    • 3Then Paul said to him, God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit as a judge to try me in accordance with the Law, and yet in defiance of the Law you order me to be struck?
    • 4Those who stood near exclaimed, Do you rail at and insult the high priest of God?
    • 5And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was a high priest; for the Scripture says, You shall not speak ill of a ruler of your people.
    • that should characterize us as Christians
    • men, heads of households, do you disrespect civil government (break traffic laws, etc.) and expect your wife & children to submit to your authority?...HYPOCRITE! (repent before God, wife & children)
    • when we respond to authority we are still honoring
    • wife who says, “I’ll submit to my husband when he shows me he is worthy of my submission”, never will.
      • there is no human authority worthy of our submission (all are sinners)
      • remember we’re submitting to God by proxy...& God is worthy
      • same for children or citizens of the Republic
      • cannot submit to authority that forbids what God requires or requires what God forbids
      • not allowed, b/c all authority comes from God
      • that’s where the “line” is
      • appeal process, with all respect
      • passive response
        • pray for the out of line authority
        • 1 Tim 2:1-2 FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, 2For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
        • kings heart is in the hand of the LORD, so go to God to change kings heart or “stop” it...
        • be a model of what authority should look like
        • 1 Peter 3:1,2 IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives, 2When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your [a] reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him--to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband].
      • active response
        • appeal to the authority (respectfully & w/in guidelines of that authority)
          • Moses before Pharaoh
          • Daniel before Steward for the food
          • Widow and unjust judge (she keeps going)
          • Paul before Felix (Acts 24)
          • 1st Amend. right to petition our government
        • confront authority (that is out of line with God)
          • Nathan confronts king David ( are the man)
          • respectful and submissively
          • Daniel & Belshazzar
          • John before Herod (immorality)
          • if God puts in the position then step up to the plate
          • Paul before his flogging (citizenship in Rome...)
        • defy authority ( that is out of the will of God)
          • Hebrew midwife disobeyed killing boy babies (Moses)
          • 3 Hebrew Children didn’t bow down to golden image
          • Peter & John (Acts 4) stop preaching & teaching in name of Jesus
        • flee ungodly authority
          • everywhere Paul goes there is revival or riot or both
          • how does he know when to go somewhere else?...they RUN HIM OUT OF TOWN
          • persecution spread the gospel abroad
          • still done in submission to authority
        • face death in submission to authority
          • 3 readily & w/out a fight are tossed into furnace
          • Daniel willingly goes into the lions den
          • Disciples beaten, imprisoned & killed w/out struggle
          • Jesus prayed for them as they crucified Him
        • kinda tough for American, Southerner’s, especially Texans
    • deliverance - sometimes, but not most of the time
    • change in authority -
    • lose your liberty and our property & possibly your life
      • Paul a repeat offender
      • went to jail over & over & lost his possessions
      • Iranian woman who spoke publicly against the government of Iran and women’s rights in Houston TX last week found shot to death slumped over the steering wheel of her car as it had crashed through a garage door in her townhouse complex (Houston is in America by the way)
    • converting to Christianity & baptized from Muslim faith they get beheaded
    • James beheaded
    • Philip scourged, prison, crucified
    • Matthew slain w/ halbert
    • James brother of Jesus beaten & stoned & brains bashed out w/ fullers club
    • Mathis (replacement) stoned & beheaded
    • Andrew crucified w/ ends of posts fixed transversely in the ground (St. Andrew’s Cross)
    • Mark dragged to pieces
    • Peter crucified upside down
    • Jude crucified
    • Bartholomew beaten, crucified
    • Thomas thrust through w/ spear
    • Luke hanged on olive tree
    • Simon crucified in Britain
    • Paul gave neck to the sword
    • We don’t need to be arrogant in defying human authority
    • approach authority as we approach GOD HIMSELF

Sunday Night Jan. 08, 2012

Posted by Sherry


ROMANS 13:1-7

CBC 1/8/12 SN

INTRO: People know “about” Ro. 13

1LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God's appointment.(A)

2Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].

3For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.

4For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.

5Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience.

6For this same reason you pay taxes, for [the civil authorities] are official servants under God, devoting themselves to attending to this very service.

7Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.

  • What does it mean to “submit to Government”
    • Is it, “Divine Right of Kings” - anybody in authority must be obeyed in any & everything they say
    • Others say there is a “Test of Authority” & they must pass every aspect of the test before you obey anything they say
    • Is there a real “Separation of Church & State”
    • Hitler used this text to tell the Lutherans to “shut up” & let him do what he wanted (& they did) WHY? Hitler was a duly elected official & they thought he was to be obeyed.
      • how did Hitler get in position?...b/c he promised to get the “ECONOMY” back on track (sound familiar)
      • by time Lutherans woke up, millions were dead @ hands of duly elected official
      • defense @ Nuremberg trial...Romans 13
  • Where is the “LINE”
    • Zimbabwe used to be a flourishing country. Their currency is now dysfunctional. One person in Parliament said quoting Romans 13 said no one should run against the present Government.
    • Dictator says vote for me and that right?
  • 4 Popular Pulpit Approaches to Politics
      • we’re about the Gospel, we got no business in politics
      • Rome, Vatican city, a political empire where the Pope rules & reigns so that he does not have to submit to anyone else's authority.
      • Moral Majority & Religious Right. Christians & Christianity are viewed as merely a political entity. (Iowa caucus & evangelical Christian voters...) By outvoting the liberals, enacting the right laws & electing the right (Christian/Religious) leaders.
      • will explain this as we go along, but for right now you’ll just have to be “uncomfortable” because this is the “biblical” one!
      • do we worship God @ CBC or do we worship America?
      • we stand when the U.S. Flag comes down the aisle & we don’t stand for the reading of God’s Word as recorded in the Bible?
      • Is our “allegiance” in our worship service to Christ or a Flag of the country in which we live?
      • Should we have a “memorial service” on 9/11 each year or is our “memorial service” on the 1st Sunday of each Quarter, “THE LORD’S SUPPER”?
  • Why does this make us just a little “uncomfortable”?
    • long-standing myth of the separation of church and state
    • that says it is inappropriate for pastors to talk about political topics
    • is that “biblical”? is that even correct according to our government?
    • where did the statement, “wall of separation between church and state” come from?
    • answer: letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Assoc. in answer to their letter. They were worried that the Congregational Church was going to be made the “official” church in America, and the Baptist said, ....”NO”! Jefferson writes back and lets them know that the USA will not have any official state church. “The Federal Government shall not enact any laws that will henceforth establish a state church. There is a wall of separation between the church and the state.”
    • He didn’t mean that religion and politics can’t and shouldn’t mix.
  • PROOF:
    • 1st Amendment Constitution of the United States - “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...”
    • Valedictorian - can quote anybody in their graduation address...except JESUS...(separation of church and state) when all these other people are religious and spiritual people...
    • that’s not in the Constitution...she’s not Congress, she’s the Valedictorian...
    • Constitution doesn’t say I can’t pray at the opening of our High School football says Congress can’t make a law establishing a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
    • 1639 New Hampshire agreement of settlers - Capitol Laws (death sentence) & Criminal Law
      • Capitol Laws - idolatry: Ex 22:20;, blasphemy, witchcraft, buggary (homosexuality), false witness, man stealing, cursing parents, rebellious son,
      • Criminal Laws - adultery, fornication, swearing, profaning the Lord’s day
    • 1778 Statement about Pastors: That it be determined by God’s grace out of the Holy Scriptures to instruct the people committed to its charge and to keep nothing as required of necessity to eternal salvation but that which he shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved from the scriptures. That he will use both public and private admonitions, as well to the sick as to the whole within his cure. As needs shall require and occassion shall be given. And that he will be diligent in prayers and reading of the same. That he will be diligent to frame and fashion his own self and his family according to the doctrine of Christ. And to make both himself and them as much as in him lieth wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ. That he will maintain and set forward as much as he can quietness, peace, love among all people and especially among those that are or shall be committed to his charge. (Constitution of the State of South Carolina)
    • We’ve been misled and mis-educated. From the inception of our country religion and politics have gone hand in hand.
    • 1780 Massachusetts “pursuit of happiness” (1st State to give us gay marriage & socialist health care plan..) Constitution - Article II. It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience, or for his religious profession or sentiments, provided he doth not disturb the public peace or obstruct others in their religious worship. Article III. As the happiness of a people and the good order and preservation of civil government essentially depend upon piety, religion, and morality, and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God and of the public instructions in piety, religion, and morality: Therefore, To promote their happiness and to secure the good order and preservation of their government, the people of this commonwealth have a right to invest their legislature with power to authorize and require, and the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require, the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies-politic or religious societies to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of God and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality in all cases where such provision shall not be made voluntarily. And the people of this commonwealth have also a right to, and do, invest their legislature with authority to enjoin upon all the subject an attendance upon the instructions of the public teachers aforesaid, at stated times and seasons, if there be any on whose instructions they can conscientiously and conveniently attend. Provided, notwithstanding, That the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies-politic, or religious societies, shall at all times have the exclusive right and electing their public teachers and of contracting with them for their support and maintenance. And all moneys paid by the subject to the support of public worship and of public teachers aforesaid shall, if he require it, be uniformly applied to the support of the public teacher or teachers of his own religious sect or denomination, provided there be any on whose instructions he attends; otherwise it may be paid toward the support of the teacher or teachers of the parish or precinct in which the said moneys are raised. And every denomination of Christians, demeaning themselves peaceably and as good subjects of the commonwealth, shall be equally under the protection of the law; and no subordination of any sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law.
    • Who said, “We have a long-standing history of the separation of church and state”...THAT’S A LIE!
    • Websters 1828 n. The science of government; that part of ethics which consists in the regulation and government of a nation or state, for the preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity; comprehending the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals. Politics, as a science or an art, is a subject of vast extent and importance.
    • Who is better equipped to discuss politics than the church?
    • we’ve been told, “You cannot legislate morality”
    • only true in sense that legislation can’t make people moral
    • but they mean, “you can’t enact legislation that has to do with morality”...CAN’T BE TRUE
    • WHY? b/c “all legislation is ‘moral’”
    • can’t legislate anything other than morality
    • culture says, “you religious people close your mouth b/c you have morals and we don’t which means we can govern and you can’t, Romans 13” THAT’S WRONG
    • then they write laws about:
      • marriage...between homosexuals (b/c it’s only right & fair) def. of “MORAL”, DUH!
      • abortion ...between a woman and her doctor (that’s a “moral” choice isn’t it?)
      • laws concerning property:
        • burglary
        • trespassing
        • squatting rights
        • all deal with the immoral misuse of another person’s property
        • laws dealing with “morality”
        • there is nothing that we do politically that is not “moral”
    • Pastor’s can’t help but preach politics and morals
    • WHY? Because politics is about “Authority” & the Bible speaks clearly to it

Matt. 28:18Jesus approached and, [a]breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

Col 1:15[Now] He is the [a]exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.

16For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.

17And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).

1 Peter 2:13Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,

14Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service.

15For it is God's will and intention that by doing right [your good and honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.

16[Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.

17Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.

  • How can a Preacher NOT PREACH POLITICS?
    • tear these passages out of the Bible?
    • Don’t preach politics: Jesus, Paul & Peter disagree


  • Authority and Submission
  • Jurisdiction (home, church & government)
    • who has jurisdiction over the subject of “MARRIAGE”? church, not government (they are out of their jurisdiction legislating a re-definition of marriage ( 2 women or 2 men...)
    • who has jurisdiction over children, church or home? that would be the home...which raises some questions about the validity of our church youth ministry structure & the question as to whether our design is even “biblical”.
  • Exercising Authority
    • job of President considered all in all. look it up, who our Sheriff is is more important that who the President is.
    • we live in a Constitutional Representative Republic (that’s not a Democracy)
  • Support of Authority
  • remember, politics is not our “hope”
    • our hope is in Christ
    • we are citizens of 2 kingdoms (America & Heaven)
  • you can’t help but be involved in politics
    • woke up this morning & turned on the lights. The “rate” you pay for electricity is political
    • turned on the city water....political
    • took your medicine with the water...FDA said that medicine was ok...political
    • ate breakfast...FDA & USDA...political
    • drove to work in car...registered by Dept. of Fin. & Admin....political
    • put seat belt on, why, ...political
    • drove speed limit, or watched for police as you didn’t...political
    • gas in your car....large part of price is TAX...political

* If Christians aren’t salt & light in the area of politics....WHO IS?

Sunday Morning Jan. 22, 2012

Posted by Sherry


Deuteronomy 10:12-11:1

CBC 1/22/2012

  • Who do you want to make “proud” (Happy)?
    • Momma (Pro Sports players...)
    • Dad
    • Coach
    • girlfriend/boyfriend
    • Boss
    • friends
  • Here’s a simple thought... “Let’s do what makes God proud (happy)
    • what is that?
    • I bet that will be difficult
    • Impossible, how can a sinful being make a perfect God happy?

Let’s see...

12And now, Israel, {speaks to the true church today} what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being,

13To keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?

14Behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth also, with all that is in it and on it.

15Yet the Lord had a delight in loving your fathers, and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day.

16So circumcise the foreskin of your [minds and] hearts; be no longer stubborn and hardened.

WHY? 17For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the terrible God, Who is not partial and takes no bribe.

18He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger or temporary resident and gives him food and clothing.

19Therefore love the stranger and sojourner, for you were strangers and sojourners in the land of Egypt.

20You shall [reverently] fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and by His name and presence you shall swear.

21He is your praise; He is your God, Who has done for you these great and terrible things which your eyes have seen.

22Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of the heavens for multitude.

Deuteronomy 11

1THEREFORE YOU shall love the Lord your God and keep His charge, His statutes, His precepts, and His commandments always.


  • v12 Reverently Fear Him (what does that mean?) [revere-(regard with great awe & devotion) Him]
    • walk in all His ways (Hbrw: travel His course of life)
    • love Him (greater love...lay down his live for his friend)
    • serve Him (work on His team, wear His uniform, pledge allegiance to His cause, defend His kingdom with everything including your very life)
    • HOW...
      • with all your mind & heart (Hbrw: soul=vitality (energy or vigor)
      • with your entire being
    • Keep the commandments

1 Thess 4:1FURTHERMORE, [a]BRETHREN, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that [you follow the instructions which] you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life].

2For you know what charges and precepts we gave you [[b]on the authority and by the inspiration of] the Lord Jesus.

3For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,

4That each one of you should know how to [c]possess (control, manage) his own [d]body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor,

5Not [to be used] in the passion of lust like the heathen, who are ignorant of the true God and have no knowledge of His will,

6That no man transgress and overreach his brother and defraud him in this matter or defraud his brother in business. For the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we have already warned you solemnly and [e]told you plainly.

7For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].

8Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure).

    • circumcise the foreskin of your minds & hearts
      • don’t be stubborn
      • don’t be hardened
  • Ch. 11 v1
    • love Him as your Master
    • keep His “charge” (Hbrw: be the sentry on watch for the preservation of safety)
    • keep His “statutes” (Hbrw: enactment of law) (Engl: written law as laid down by legislature, legislated rule of society, given the force of the law by those who govern & enforce)
    • keep His “precepts” (Hbrw: verdict, a sentence or formal decree)
    • keep His “commandments” (Hbrw: the Law, whether human or divine)


  • v13 “for your good” (Hbrw: good thing, beautiful, bountiful, cheerful)
  • v14 “heavens, earth & all that’s in them belong to God” (u & I R just managers of His stuff)
  • v15 “Lord DELIGHTS [Hbrw: to deliver] in loving you (the saved...) above all people
  • v17 Because
    • He’s God of gods
    • He’s Lord of lords
    • He’s the great
    • He’s the mighty
    • He’s the terrible
    • He’s not partial
    • He doesn’t take bribes
    • He executes justice for the orphan and the widow
    • He loves the stranger or temporary resident & gives them food & clothing
    • He has done great & terrible things for YOU & you’ve witnessed it in your lifetime

Why wouldn’t you make the effort to make God proud and happy?

you have a death wish?

you have an eternal death wish?

you ignorant & unlearned enough to believe you can defeat God & His kingdom?

you enjoy trouble, pain, heartache & despair?

you fond of confusion, fussing, cussing and uproar?

If you’re not FOR God, He says, you are AGAINST GOD! do the math....


  • Ch. 11 v1...ALWAYS
    • not just on Sundays
    • not just around other Christians
    • not just around “church people”
    • not just when you’re in a “moral” environment
    • 24/7/365
    • when you feel like it
    • when you don’t feel like it