Bakersfield Church Of Christ

LIVING OUT FAITH BY LOVING LIKE CHRIST

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

How Would Jesus Vote?


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     1. What did you find encouraging, challenging, or disturbing about the lesson?

     2. What role did politics play in your parent's life?  Were they heavily engaged, less engaged, or not engaged at all?  Did this affect or shape your opinions on politics?


Getting into the Bible

This week we’ll study a couple of passages about the attitudes Christians should have towards politics.

     1. Please read 1 Peter 2:11-17

A. Peter says “live such good lives” (NIV) that our opponents may still see our good deeds despite their prejudices.  What kind of “good lives” does Peter then go on to describe?  

     1. Why “such” good lives?  (In NASB, “excellent;” in ESV, (“honorable”). Why isn’t it enough to live moderately good lives?

B. Peter said human authority is given by God to punish the evil and praise  the good.  Keep in mind that human authorities killed Jesus (and eventually  (Peter!).  So they’re not perfect!  God has a purpose for human authorities, but He also allows people their free choice.

     1. What does Peter say is God’s will for us?  How does he say we  should we use our free choice? 

     2. Please read 1 Timothy 2:1-4

A. Imagine being a 1st Century Christian who is also not a Roman citizen. That means you can’t vote.  
Would you feel frustrated by Paul’s instruction to pray for authorities you didn’t elect?  Why?

B. How might “peaceful and quiet lives” (NIV) lead to more people being  saved and coming to the knowledge of the truth? 

Digging Deeper

     1. How can you apply the things we’ve studied to your attitudes towards politics?

     2. Do you have any “petitions, prayers, intercession, [or] thanksgiving” (1 Ti.2:1) that you’d like your Family Group to take before God?  If you feel comfortable, please share them.