Purpose of the Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ!
Make Disciples By baptizing By preaching and teaching that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life By sharing the belief that Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of heaven.
Power Grace (Left hand) (Right hand) All people Believers only Beli ever
Christian Citizens of U.S.A. Are Law Keepers (Ro. 13, 1 Ptr 2:13) Are Good Neighbors (Lk. 10) Are Prayer Warriors (1 Thes. 5:17) Are Productive Workers (2 Thes. 3:9; Gn 2:15) Are “Sanctified” Voters (Jn. 17:15) Some are called to civil vocations.
Acts 5:28 “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.”
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
The base and bottom line of the Christian’s place in society: We must obey God rather than men.
Why this Scripture is so important: Augsburg Confession Art. XVI: Of Civil Affairs. “Therefore, Christians are necessarily bound to obey their own magistrates and laws save only when commanded to sin; for then they ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29.
Never been closer to being forced to disobey God by the government… …century long process under the surface… work of Satan…
What is not “sanctifiable” (Up for debate) Religious belief of a candidate Fiscal and tax Issues How to administer health care Welfare issues Social Security issues
Sanctifiable Issues: (Non-negotiable in Bible) 1.Right to Life 2.Right to Religious Freedom i.e. speaking the Gospel publically.
RIGHT TO LIFE Roe v. Wade since 1974 Does not require abortion, but allows it. Church has been pushing, marching, and encouraging voting for candidates against abortion.
Healthcare Mandate Mandates employers, including religious employers (other than local congregations) to provide birth control that takes the life of an unborn baby.
This forces the Church to go against her religious beliefs Takes effect August, 2013
Same Sex Marriage Now allowed in our country… We have the freedom to reject it…