Skye Burcham 26th October 2014 (1 Peter 2:13-17, Romans 12:1-21)

Skye Burcham, October 26, 2014
Part of the A Life Of Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Introduction. Submission. Perspective.
Was originally called "The power of submission", now called "The Power of Perspective".
Dictionary meaning of submission: the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force, or to the will of another person. Understand a godly, kingdom perspective.
How submission is seen in the world - an example. The power of submission can be one of the greatest gifts, and can bring peace to our lives.
1 Peter 2:13-17. Submit to every authority. For the Lord's sake. We don't submit to one another because it's a good idea, but God tells us to do this!
vs 16 - live as free people. Love the family of believers. Submission is a way of loving and serving each other. Not a weak thing, as the world sees it. From a kingdom perspective, it's a strong position. Best example is the life of Jesus. Jesus came to serve the world, to give himself as a sacrifice. TD Jakes Video. "Jesus is waiting for the church on the floor". We all have thoughts "I could do that better, I want the recognition". What Jesus did (John 13) was an act of humility and love. He didn't do that because he felt like it, but to set an example to us. Not just Jesus getting on the floor washing feet, but that we all need to follow his example and serve one another. Not just in the house, but in our community. In order to do that we need to get a new perspective, a kingdom perspective.
Sheldon spoke about perspective. Alan Strudwick. All different people have different perspective of us. eg Mum, Brother, Work Colleagues, Elton, Pete - all have a different perspective of me. Story of visiting church. Look from a kingdom perspective - see each other through God's eyes. Do this by serving God and serving one another. Ps Clinton challenged us to invite someone to dinner that you don't know well, part of getting to know one another. Serve one another, no matter what it looks like. All so we can submit to a vision so we can serve together an impact the community. We don't go out there with our own eyes, but God's eyes.
Romans 12:1-21. vs 1 Offer your bodies as living sacrifice.
vs 2. Don't conform to the pattern of this world. Renew our mind and look from God's perspective. Takes a strong person to serve in any way sacrificing yourself fully to God.
vs 3 All part of one body. All have different gifts. Doesn't matter what form it comes in, it's all about serving this house.
Pete's Song "Open your eyes"
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The words in the song "Open our eyes to the broken, to see like You see." So this is just about looking at things through a kingdom perspective. Doesn't mean that when you submit you are a weak person, but to submit and serve each other is an act of love and humility.

Tags: Perspective, Submission

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1 Peter 2:13-17

13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (ESV)

Romans 12

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)

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