This week we talked about our relationship with authority figures. These are the people that God has placed in our lives that have authority over us but are not our parents. Please read on to see the sermon notes!
Relationship with Authority Figures
- Before we began, Dave did a little recap and finished off by asking us all if we are investing in the relationships that we’ve been talking about. He shared that the definition of wisdom is knowledge that had been applied and that what has been taught here must be applied if it is to become wisdom for our lives.
- To examine this point further we looked at James 1:22-25. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” We have to be doers!
- After parents, the next relationship that we discover is that of authority figures. Please look at Galatians 4:1-2.
- God put us under authority figures for a reason. Their purpose in our lives is to point us to Christ. Our purpose in their lives is to the same!
- Please look at Proverbs 20:29.
- Young people have ambition, energy, and time. Dave made us all underline time because we can fail to understand the power of time
- Old people have history (they’ve been through stuff), wisdom (they’ve learned from that stuff), patience (they persevered through stuff), and grace.
- To further explain these characteristics, Dave quotes a friend that said “Don’t ever trust a person that doesn’t walk with a limp.” In other words, you haven’t gone through a whole lot yet. You don’t yet have wisdom. But you can turn to your elders who have gone through things and ask advice from them.
- We tend to see the signs of old age, such as gray hair, as weakness rather than as signs of maturity, wisdom, patience, etc.
- We could do so much more if we combined the strengths of our elders and ourselves.
- Authority figures have a ton to offer us if we change our perspective towards them.
- What do we do?
- Please look at 1 Timothy 2:4
- We need to give our authority figures respect and we need to be praying for them.
- This week we closed in prayer for authority figures in our life. Please continue to do this.