The Kingdom of God:

Part 3 – Spheres and Specifics

Session #7 The King of Kings: Civil Government

51 minutes

1. King of Kings

1.1 He sets them up (Dan 2:20-22)

a) He rules over nations

b) He rules over kings

1.2 He sets their agenda (Rom 13:1-7)

a) Law and order.

  • The sword: symbol of the State’s power
  • There is a difference between a sin and a crime

b) Personal protection.

c) Economic justice.

  • The task of the civil government is not to be a law-maker, but a law-enforcer.

1.3 He sets them aside (2 Chronicles 35:20-25)

54 minutes

2. Prophets to Kings (Ps 119:41-48 – NB v.46)

2.1 Kings need to Hear the Word

a) Godly kings

b) Godless kings

2.2 Prophets need to Speak the Word.

a) Individual examples

b) Corporate responsibility

3. Priests to Kings (1Tim 2:1-8)

3.1 Standing in the Gap

3.2 Seated in the Government (Ephesians 1:19 – 2:6)

  • We sit where the real government is. The issue is not standing for President, but sitting with Christ.
    • Political government: Don’t just stand there – do something!
    • Spiritual government: Don't just do something - stand there!

a) The snare of trusting in politics

b) The superiority of trusting in prayer

3.3 Submitting in the Grind

4. Kings and Kings (Proverbs 30:24-28)

4.1 Ants: Long term faithfulness (v.25)

C.S.Lewis: “The greatest thing is to be found at one’s post as a child of God, living each day as if it were the last, but planning as though the world might last 100 years.”

4.2 Badgers: building their house on the rock (v.26)

c) The wise man builds his house on THE ROCK

d) The wise man builds HIS HOUSE on the rock

4.3 Locusts: walking in unity (v.27)

d) Upward

e) Inward

f) Outward

4.4 Spiders: living in palaces (v.28)

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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