E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Hail to the Chief Part 3
How many of you know that we are in an interesting election year? Join us as we look at what the bible says our response should be as Christians to governmental authority even if we don't like it, even if we didn't vote for the person who got elected. It's important that we respond biblically to whatever happens on November 8th.
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  • E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
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“First of all” demonstrates that prayer should be a priority

Using the word “urge” instead of the word “command” shows that this topic is a passion of the Apostle Paul’s heart

Entreaties, prayers and petitions are synonymous with very little distinctions being seen in the meanings of the words

Thanksgiving should have a prominent place in our prayer lives
The PEOPLE (v1-2)

Generally, we are to pray for all men

We should pray for believers and unbelievers alike

We should pray for people near us and those far away

There is no example in Scripture of praying for the dead

Specifically, we are to pray for our governmental leaders

Like the command to submit to authorities (Romans 13), this is to be done in spite of who the leader is or what they are like

For the Christians Paul wrote to, their leader was Nero
The PRODUCT (v2-3)

It brings PEACE (v2)

It brings inner peace rather than fear and bitterness) even in times of upheaval and persecution

This peace allows us to live in a godly and dignified way in spite of our circumstances

It brings PLEASURE (v3)

Praying for our government authorities brings pleasure to God

Such a prayer is “acceptable before God”
PURPOSE (v4-7)

The WILL of God (v4)

God desires all men to be saved (2 Peter 3:9 teaches that is not God’s perfect will that anyone perish)

This obvious means that when we pray for governmental authorities, we are to pray for their salvation (1 John 5:14)

This does not mean that all men will be saved as salvation is dependent on their hearing the Gospel and putting in Christ
The WORK of Christ (v5-6)

Fact: There is one God

This was the central truth of the Old Testament

If there is only one God then he is God of all men

Fact: There is one mediator between man and God = Jesus

Fact: Jesus is our way to God because of the ransom he paid

Ransom = a price paid to free a slave

His death was on behalf of all

Fact: This is the clear testimony of God so it is obvious that we should pray for the salvation of our governmental leaders

The WITNESS of Paul (v7)

Paul’s calling was to be a messenger of this truth

Paul was a preacher = the herald of a king

Paul was an apostle = one sent with a special commission

Paul was a teacher = one who instructed

This truth was not just for Jews but also for Gentiles (many Jews felt the Gospel was only for them)

Give Online

“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7One way that we can participate in what God is doing is by giving. Our attitude about giving reflects what we believe about the Kingdom of God. We gladly sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all that we have is His.