November 13: Living as God's People in God's World (1 Peter 2:13-17)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday we will continue a series on personal evangelism at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 2:13-17
 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
What is a good citizen? How does a child of God live in a world created by God? In 2:1-12, Peter outlines the duties of all Christians to conduct themselves honorably with good speech and good works in this world for the purposes of displaying and declaring God's glorious character to all. In the next section from 2:13-3:7 he provides examples of what doing good looks like before authorities, work and families. This coming Lord's Day, we will look at the duties of a citizen of heaven who lives as a citizen of this world. How do we respond to the social and governmental structures of our society? When Peter wrote, the question on the mind of the Christian was, since God is now our true and heavenly King, do we need to honor the emperor who is only an earthly and temporal king? His answer and reasons follow. Please read and consider the questions belonw as we continue looking at living as God's people in God's world.
Review and Apply
Explain a biblical view of submission. How does it differ from the world's current take on the word?
What does 'for the Lord's sake' mean?
Why is it God's will to obey human authorities?
In what ways do you struggle with submission in the various relationships that you have whether it be with the civil, church or familial authorities? What does this say about you?
How do good words silence the current antagonism of the world against the Christian faith? Is their criticism fair? What can you do to change their perspective?
How do you use your freedom as a Christian?
Considering the nature of relationships in 2:17, in what ways can you see God's grace at work and in what areas do you need more grace?
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