Sunday morning worship service at Calvary Baptist Church in Ball Ground Georgia, with Rev. Ben Hyrne preaching. Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – 1 Peter 2:11-17

1 Peter 2:11-17

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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.

Proposition: Every believer must be thoughtfully engaged in their communities.

I. Refrain from sinful desires so your good works are clearly seen. (11-12)

John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Galatians 5:16

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Romans 13:14

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

II. Submit to the Laws of Man but Live as Free Men.

Romans 13:1

The powers that be are ordained of God

Daniel 4:17

The Most High gives the kingdoms of the earth to whom He will,

Proverbs 8:15

By Him kings reign, and princes decree justice.

1 Timothy 2:1-3

I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…

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