This sermon is # 1 of a two-part series on authority/submission—one helps to understand the other. Respect for and submission to authority is a major component of godly character. Society is a bad influence toward disrespect and insubordination. This partly is a reflection of growing ignorance of the Bible, as God’s Word frequently emphasizes God’s requirement of humility, respect and submission to all authority, including family, workplace, civil and church authority. In Paul’s theme of submission from Ephesians 5:21-6:9, he makes the critical point that the primary reason we submit to human leaders “as to Christ” is to honor Christ, and He will reward us for that (6:5-8).
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He lives in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. His beloved wife Elsie, originally from Detroit, Michigan, died in August 2020. Don's three children and their spouses are members of United Church of God. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.