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The Difference Between America’s Presidents and Israel’s Kings

host Adriel Sanchez aired November 19, 2020

Episode 579 Show Notes 

From the Show

The kings of the earth want to take power and positions of authority, but God has established his king on Mount Zion: Jesus, the eternal Son of the Father. He is the king of the whole world and we trust in him. That does not mean we are not also citizens of the kingdoms of this earth and that we do not participate in these kingdoms for their good. It’s not that we don’t prayer for them and participate in voting, but the focus of the scriptures is that all of us need King Jesus to reign in hearts by faith.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Can you please give me some scripture references on if someone can or cannot lose their salvation?

2. In 1 Corinthians 8, it talks about the “strong”and the “weak”as groups within the church in Corinth. These groups had differences of opinion over various issues, but Paul specifically encouraged “the strong”group to put the needs of the “weak”above their own. My question is then: why is it so difficult for us to do this? Why can we in the church be so preoccupied with our group’s views on various issues that we forget to love those around us?

3.  I have a friend who doesn’t believe in the “universal Church”because the word “ekklesia”means “the gathered ones”and therefore she states that the Church is only a local body. What we call the universal Church, she calls the family of God. Where can I turn to show her that the “family of God”can be called the universal Church?

4. I am wondering what you think about there being similarities between 1 Kings 1, where Adonijah is replacing David as king, and today’s political climate. Is there a parallel?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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