Announcements


Vinton First Baptist Church
Call to prayer and fasting on Jan. 6th, 13th, and 20th

“The deacons and pastors are planning on skipping one meal on Jan. 6th, 13th, and 20th in order to fast and pray in this pivotal time for the church’s witness in our nation. We invite you to join us as we lift up prayers for all people, seeking peace, prudence, and the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

FREEDOM & CIVIC DUTY (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Freedom (From Wayne Grudem)

The great freedoms of the Christian life are…

  • …freedom from the impossible obligation to earn merit before God by perfect obedience
    • Gal. 5: 1– 14;
    • Acts 13: 39;
    • Rom. 6: 23,
  • …freedom from guilt
    • Gal. 3: 13;
    • Rev. 1: 5b
  • …and freedom from the ruling power of sin
    • Rom. 6: 6– 7, 14, 17– 18;
    • Rom. 20– 23;
    • John 8: 31– 36

Civic Duty

BASIC AXIOM

  • Matt. 22:21 (Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25) – to Caesar and to God things that belong to them

PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE

  • Jer. 29:7 – work and pray for welfare of society, even wicked ones (but hope for promise)
  • 1 Tim. 2:1-4 – pray for leaders, for peace/quiet->opportunity all to be saved & know truth

SUBMIT TO THEM IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD

  • Romans 13:1-2 – God institutes all authority, resisting them is resisting God
  • Romans 13:6 – pay your taxes because the authorities are ministers of God

EXCEPTIONS

  • Acts 4:19 – Peter and John…whether listen to you or God you be the judge
  • Acts 5:29 – Jewish rulers forbid Peter and the apostles, but “must obey God, rather…”
  • Dan. 6:10 – Daniel knew the paper was signed no praying to anyone other than Darius

BE READY TO SUFFER

  • Dan. 3:18 – Daniel’s friends expect God to save them, but acknowledge He may not
  • Foretold Peter’s crucifixion John 21:18-19
  • Foretold Paul’s sufferings Acts 9:16

BUT ALSO BE SHREWD

  • Exod. 1:17 (Heb. 11:23) – Hebrew midwives who feared God lied to Pharaoh
  • Heb. 11:23 – Moses’ parents “not afraid of king’s edict” but also hid/deceived
  • Matt. 10:16 – wise as serpents harmless as doves

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

  • Matt. 12:20 – a bruised reed He will not break
  • John 2:15 – gentle Jesus could also demonstrate righteous anger

PROTECT THE UNITY & LOVE OF THE BRETHREN

  • Romans 14:3, 10 – don’t pass judgment we will all stand before God’s judgment
  • Romans 14:13ff – don’t cause another to stumble at convictions; pursue peace/upbuilding
  • 1 Cor. 8 – make sure your (spiritual) rights don’t cause another to stumble
  • Eph. 5:21 – submitting to one another (same word as 1 Peter 2-3)
  • Titus 3:1-3 **good** – we ourselves were once foolish