Romans 13:1-5; Acts 20:17-20; and Hebrews 11:8-10
This Sunday we considered the question, “How do believers in every age and culture relate to their governing authorities?” Randy gave several examples of various people in the Bible who served as faithful followers of God even under ungodly leaders and pagan cultures. The point was, in this time of transition and change, we, the followers of Christ need to remember that God is in control of all the affairs of his creation. Its helpful to remember our role as citizens also relates to our “obedience of faith.” In Romans 13 and elsewhere in scripture, we are instructed to be in subjection to the governmental authorities because there is no authority except that which is established by God. They are established by God for the good of society. Our subjection is ultimately to God, not the state.
The current political climate gives us an opportunity to evaluate whether we have a political heart, or a heart of faith. So this week we will discuss how we, followers of Christ are to conduct ourselves in this time of change.
1) What stood out to you or challenged you from Randy’s sermon?
2) What is your reaction to the results of the election?
3) Read Acts 20:17-20
. From this passage what would you say was the apostle Paul’s mission statement for his life? Is his personal mission statement yours? Why or Why not?
4) Read Romans 13:1-5
. How can we, the followers of Christ, reconcile our personal political views with the teachings of our faith?
5) Can you think of any situation where you would disobey the governmental authorities? Explain.
6) Read Daniel 5:22-23
. How is it possible to have a positive attitude toward our government because of God?
7) Read Hebrews 11:8-10
. What did the “obedience of faith” look like in Abraham’s life?
8) End your time praying for one another and that we would have hearts of faith, and for God to govern our country.