[Willow Creek Association] 1998-11-04 - Ultimate Authority

Originally Published 1996-11-06

Romans 13:1-3 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.

Well folks the election is over and life goes on. Whether your person won or not, the bible is very clear that we should accept and pray for them. Yesterday it occurred to me that up in Washington the politicians can start new spending programs, build new buildings, create new laws, ban this and that, they can start wars, drop bombs, fly to the moon, and just about anything they wish to do. But, there is one big piece missing from their authority. They can not change one single human heart, only God can change hearts. It is comforting to me to know that our God is the ultimate authority. The Church is the Hope of this country and this world. You know what else? We are the church. It is up to you and I as members of the Body of Christ to help advance the Cause of Christ. We need to be bolder and more deliberate in reaching out to the unchurched people we come in contact with. Build relationships with people at work, at school, in your neighborhood that do not know Christ. Build relationships and earn the right to proclaim the Gospel to those folks that surround you. Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Luke 4:32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.

Exodus 15:18 The LORD will reign for ever and ever."

Psalm 29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

Psalm 146:10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.

Daniel 4:34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.


Dear Father, we are so thankful that YOU are the ultimate authority. Lord help us as members of the Body of Christ to be more deliberate and bolder in advancing the Cause of Christ. Lord, thank you for reminding us today that the Church is the Hope of the world. In Jesus Name, Amen.

David

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