Odessa

Heritage Church

Pastor Jon Hayashi

Heritage Church
302 S 1st
PO Box 509
Odessa, WA 99159
(509) 982-2951
Pre-K thru Adult
Education 9:00
Sunday Service 10:30

Current Sermon Notes

Services Rendered, Services Rewarded

I Peter 2:13-20; Romans 13:1-5; Ephesians 6:5-8

October 6th, 2019


  1. I.     Why Are We Doing This Today? (I Peter 2:13-19)
    1. We Are Reminded Of Two Principles:

1)    Submit to every authority instituted among men. Why?

  • God has placed a great responsibility upon those in authority.
  • They are tasked with the responsibility of trying to help society as a whole do what is right and just and good.

2)    Honor the King

  1. Honor Doesn’t Stop There. Show Honor To Everyone Where Appropriate.

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1–2, NIV84)

  1. II.   What Is Our Responsibility To You?
    1. Honor –
    2. We Should Be Praying For You

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1–2, NASB95)

  1. Submit – To willingly place oneself under the authority of another

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing…Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. (Rom. 13:1–5, NIV84)

1)    They are God’s servants.

2)    If we rebel against them, we rebel against God.

  1. Two Applications

1)    As related to us as if we are the servants, that is those under authority: When the decisions or actions of those in authority are good or harsh…

  • We show respect even if we disagree. We may not have respect for the person, but we have respect for the office or position.
  • We abide by (submit) the decisions made even if we disagree
  • We still have opinions and vote, but we live by the decisions made

2)    As related to the public servant:

III. What Is Your Responsibility To Us?

  1. Do Not Use Your Authority Or Power As A Cover Up For Evil. (I Peter 2:16)
  2. Check Your Motivations: Ephesians 6:5-9

1)    Sincerity of Heart (Ephesians 6:5)

2)    Don’t just do things to look good, but doing what God asks, which may not be the popular thing. (Ephesians 6:6)

3)    Serve wholeheartedly(Ephesians 6:6)

  1. IV.  What Are We All To Keep In Mind?
    1. Fear God (I Peter 2:17): Be conscious of God (I Peter 2:19).

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NIV84)

  1. Remember we are ultimately serving the Lord and not men (Eph. 6:7)

1)    Christ Jesus transliterated means the Messiah Savior, or translated: the Anointed One who Saves.

2)    What did He save us from? Being broken. We’re all broken, everything is broken. Humanity, Society, the World. That brokenness includes things like: sin, death, and even ourselves.

3)    But by faith in the Savior, Jesus, we can be healed, forgiven, restored, and overcomers in this life and in the life to come.

4)    You just have to believe.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28)

5)    Jesus set the ultimate example of service when He submitted to the will of the Heavenly Father and died for our sins on the cross at Calvary.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5–8, NIV84)

  1. V.    Concluding Thoughts/Points To Ponder
    1. For Better Or For Worse, We Are To Treat All Authorities As Established By God. (Romans 13:1-5)

1)    What if they are evil?

…I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the wild animals …to serve him. (Jer. 27:6, NASB95)

  • Both Peter and Paul were already living under a corrupt regime when they penned these instructions.

2)    Leaders:

•     You are a servant of God.

•     Do not lord it over those under you.

•     Take seriously your calling.

3)    Citizens:

  • Honor and respect those in leadership, as you would honor God.
  • Submit to their authority as you would submit to God’s authority.
  1. Whether You Are In Leadership Or Under Leadership Remember (I Pet 2:18ff)

1)    commendable to bear up under unjust suffering

  • leader – slander, false accusations,
  • followers – unfair policies, belittling,

2)    To bear up or endure suffering unjustly finds favor with God.

  • Instead of complaining, suffer well.
  • In our society we still have a voice and a vote. Just don’t do it in a way that would displease Jesus.
  1. Why Do We Do What We Do?

1)    Motivation: We need to do what is right, and good, and pleasing to God. (Romans 13:3-4)

2)    Whatever good thing we do for God’s glory we will receive a reward. We need to keep in mind that our reward ultimately is in heaven not on earth. (Ephesians 6:8)

Services Rendered, Services Rewarded

I Peter 2:13-20; Romans 13:1-5; Ephesians 6:5-8

October 6th, 2019

  1. I.     Why Are We Doing This Today? (I Peter 2:13-19)
    1. We Are Reminded Of Two Principles:

1)    Submit to every authority instituted among men. Why?

  • God has placed a great responsibility upon those in authority.
  • They are tasked with the responsibility of trying to help society as a whole do what is right and just and good.

2)    Honor the King

  1. Honor Doesn’t Stop There. Show Honor To Everyone Where Appropriate.

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1–2, NIV84)

  1. II.   What Is Our Responsibility To You?
    1. Honor –
    2. We Should Be Praying For You

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1–2, NASB95)

  1. Submit – To willingly place oneself under the authority of another

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing…Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. (Rom. 13:1–5, NIV84)

1)    They are God’s servants.

2)    If we rebel against them, we rebel against God.

  1. Two Applications

1)    As related to us as if we are the servants, that is those under authority: When the decisions or actions of those in authority are good or harsh…

  • We show respect even if we disagree. We may not have respect for the person, but we have respect for the office or position.
  • We abide by (submit) the decisions made even if we disagree
  • We still have opinions and vote, but we live by the decisions made

2)    As related to the public servant:

III. What Is Your Responsibility To Us?

  1. Do Not Use Your Authority Or Power As A Cover Up For Evil. (I Peter 2:16)
  2. Check Your Motivations: Ephesians 6:5-9

1)    Sincerity of Heart (Ephesians 6:5)

2)    Don’t just do things to look good, but doing what God asks, which may not be the popular thing. (Ephesians 6:6)

3)    Serve wholeheartedly(Ephesians 6:6)

  1. IV.  What Are We All To Keep In Mind?
    1. Fear God (I Peter 2:17): Be conscious of God (I Peter 2:19).

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NIV84)

  1. Remember we are ultimately serving the Lord and not men (Eph. 6:7)

1)    Christ Jesus transliterated means the Messiah Savior, or translated: the Anointed One who Saves.

2)    What did He save us from? Being broken. We’re all broken, everything is broken. Humanity, Society, the World. That brokenness includes things like: sin, death, and even ourselves.

3)    But by faith in the Savior, Jesus, we can be healed, forgiven, restored, and overcomers in this life and in the life to come.

4)    You just have to believe.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28)

5)    Jesus set the ultimate example of service when He submitted to the will of the Heavenly Father and died for our sins on the cross at Calvary.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5–8, NIV84)

  1. V.    Concluding Thoughts/Points To Ponder
    1. For Better Or For Worse, We Are To Treat All Authorities As Established By God. (Romans 13:1-5)

1)    What if they are evil?

…I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the wild animals …to serve him. (Jer. 27:6, NASB95)

  • Both Peter and Paul were already living under a corrupt regime when they penned these instructions.

2)    Leaders:

•     You are a servant of God.

•     Do not lord it over those under you.

•     Take seriously your calling.

3)    Citizens:

  • Honor and respect those in leadership, as you would honor God.
  • Submit to their authority as you would submit to God’s authority.
  1. Whether You Are In Leadership Or Under Leadership Remember (I Pet 2:18ff)

1)    commendable to bear up under unjust suffering

  • leader – slander, false accusations,
  • followers – unfair policies, belittling,

2)    To bear up or endure suffering unjustly finds favor with God.

  • Instead of complaining, suffer well.
  • In our society we still have a voice and a vote. Just don’t do it in a way that would displease Jesus.
  1. Why Do We Do What We Do?

1)    Motivation: We need to do what is right, and good, and pleasing to God. (Romans 13:3-4)

2)    Whatever good thing we do for God’s glory we will receive a reward. We need to keep in mind that our reward ultimately is in heaven not on earth. (Ephesians 6:8)