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Our congregation approved a merger with Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church on January 21, 2024.

Once we receive the green light from the CRA, we will be officially known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For now, we are one church under that name (spiritually), but two charities (legally).

Join us at 10:30am every Sunday and 7:30pm every Thursday at 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Christians, the Church, and the Authority of the State

March 17, 2024 Preacher: John Bell Series: The Gospel According to Mark

1. “Give to Caesar What Is Caesar’s and to God What is God’s” (Mark 12:13-17)

Implication A: a salvation-historical shift is required to accommodate Jesus’ pronouncement.

  • No mediator-king
  • A new covenant
  • Gentile inclusion in the covenant community
  • Separation of “church and state”

Implication B: Being divine image bearers’ grounds our responsibility.


2a. “The Authority of The State” (Romans 13:1-3)

  • Ruling authorities should be obeyed because God has ordained and appointed the governing
  • Those who resist that authority oppose what God himself has ordained and are liable to
    judgment by the state. Those who do what is right will be commended by the state.

2b. “The Ministry of The State” (Romans 13:4-7)

  • The one in authority is God’s servant for our good, as well as agents of wrath to bring
    punishment on the wrongdoer.
  • Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities and pay our taxes - not only because
    of possible punishment, but also because of conscience.

3. “Christians Are to Pray for All Sorts of Individuals” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

  • Specifically, those in authority
  • With a view to civil peace, in an environment where the gospel might advance, and where
    Christians live lives of godliness and holiness.

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