How much hope should Christians place in political solutions to our problems?
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“The New Testament writers show great confidence that the world is being transformed through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ,” says David P. Gushee. “But they show no confidence whatsoever that the powers and principalities of this world serve as the agents of that global transformation.” Gushee reminds us that redemption is God’s work, and he will accomplish it in his time. The church is intimately involved in this process through the faithful pursuit of its mission and the daily practice of God’s will.
How might Christians best impact the culture in which we live? What does Scripture say about a Christian’s role in politics? How might we best produce moral change in our country? This study will discuss the relationship of Christians and politics.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 18:5–12; Romans 6:1–14; 12:1–2; 13:1–7; 1 Timothy 2:1–2; Titus 3:1–11; 1 Peter 2:11–17
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: God establishes governments.
Teaching point two: True transformation is a product of a changed heart and a renewed mind.
Teaching point three: We honor God by living lives that bring glory to his name. This includes obeying our government’s authorities.
Teaching point four: Have a heart of humility and respect toward all men when dealing with political issues.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Children of a Lesser Hope, by David P. Gushee (November 2006, 2 pages)
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