Church and State

“Grace Church” – A Series on Romans 12-16

The gospel of Christ not only brings good news of God’s grace for undeserving people, it also transforms the way we relate to each other and our world.

Read: Romans 13:1-7

Outline:
How do we obey God with a renewed mind when it comes to being a citizen of our country?
We are to SUBMIT TO governing authorities (Romans 13:1-5)
There are four reasons to obey:
  • Romans 13:1
  • Romans 13:2
  • Romans 13:3-4
  • Romans 13:5
But are we to obey in everything? (Romans 13:2)
Matthew 22:19-21; Acts 5:29; Jeremiah 21:9; Daniel 3:4-6; 6:7
How do we obey this command? (Romans 13:6-7)
  • Pay your taxes RESPONSIBLY (13:6)
  • Honor authorities RESPECTFULLY (13:7)
  • Pray for governing leaders RELIGIOUSLY (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
  • Obey your leaders RESERVEDLY (Acts 5:29)
Discussion Guide:

Main Idea: Submit to governing authorities because God establishes them to reward good and restrain evil.

CONNECTING:

What things do you hear about government leaders in the news today? On a scale of 1-10, how do the people of our country view governing leaders? Why is this true, in your opinion?

Read Romans 13:1-7. What is Paul’s main point and what reasons does he give for doing it? How might this passage be an answer to an issue raised in Romans 12:19?

UNDERSTANDING:

Read Habakkuk 1:6-11. How does this help explain the phrase “there is no authority except from God (13:1)? Read Romans 13:2. When is “civil disobedience” justified before God?

Read Romans 13:3-5. What is God’s purpose for governing authorities? Besides taxes (13:6-7), how does Scripture tell us to relate to authorities (read 1 Tim. 2:1-2)?

LIVING:

How is similar is your attitude toward the authorities to the one Paul commands here?

Do you tend to have too high or too low a view of the authorities God has established over you?

Are there ways you are being called to courageously disobey an authority in order to obey God?

Are you earnestly praying for your city, state and national leaders? If not, why not?

Assignment:

Ask a group or family member to research key leaders in local, state and national government. Have them type up a report on where this person serves and their responsibilities. Then take some time to pray together for our leaders as Paul asks us in 1 Timothy 2:1-5.

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