Sermon in a Snapshot

BLESSINGS FOR 2021.
 
We at First Baptist Church Leduc, like everyone else have watched in amazement at the passing year as it brought challenges and surprises unforseen. Not since the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918 has the world seen a Pandemic. We also, like everyone else, rode out the rough spots with what we hoped would be seen by the surrounding community as the grace and love that the Lord our God has supplied for us to present to others. There were and still are many feelings and attitudes about the whole Pandemic and the Government’s handling of many different situations. We as Christians must remember to make decisions based on what the Bible tells us is right and important. There are a lot of hurt feelings and assumptions that certain rights have been taken from us. On the contrary, we still have a country that lets us freely and openly, weather privately or publicly worship the God we have chosen to worship.
 
Passeges to remind us that Christians should honor the government. ( They are trying… they really are. This generation has never seen a pandemic before)
 

Romans 13:1 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God

1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor

Titus 3:1-2 ESV

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people

Proverbs 11:14 ESV

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety

Proverbs 8:15 ESV

By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just.
 
 
Also in Matthew 22 the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into telling them something.
 

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
 
This is an example of separating the Government and the Works of God. Jesus wanted them to see that God is more concerned about your spiritual life and your dedication to Him than to the worldly things like the workings of Government, money and human traditions. These other things are important as well and we have a responsibility to the life we live here on earth to do the best we can when it comes to these things, but it is not as important as our relationship with God.
 

Ecclesiastes 3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.