My Country Tis of Thee 28 May

None of us like to pay taxes, but we all enjoy the security and comforts our government provides. Join us as we discover what the Bible says about honoring and supporting those in authority over us.

Videos – Baptism Stories: Meghan, Kim, Kina, Banks, Joshua, Marissa

 

God restrains evil in the world through:

  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Human institutions

 

2 Reasons we should obey the government:

  1. Obedience brings blessing and disobedience brings punishment
  2. In order to have a clear conscience

 

Our responsibilities as citizens:

  1. Obey the government
  2. Pay your taxes
  3. Give honor to those who serve
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  1. Pastor Troy mentioned many blessings that are provided by our government institutions.  What are you most thankful for as an American?  What blessing do you most often take for granted?
  2. Read Romans 13:1-2.  What reason does Paul give for submitting to governing authorities?  Does that apply to just government authorities or are there other authorities to which God has called us to submit?
  3. Pastor Troy mentioned 2 ways that God restrains evil in the world.  Discuss those 2 ways and the pros and cons of each.
  4. Read Romans 13:3-5.  Paul mentions at least 2 reasons why we should obey government authorities.  Which reason motivates you the most?  Discuss the phrase “Obedience brings blessings but disobedience brings punishment.”  How does this apply to obedience to the government?
  5. There are many rules that we might think are ridiculous.  Discuss some of these rules. Are we guilty of not obeying these rules cause we minimalize them?  Discuss how this might affect how we, or those in our sphere of influence, view all rules.
  6. Are there times when it’s right to disobey the government?  Read Acts 4:18-20 for an example.  Can you think of other times or circumstances when civil disobedience is the right thing to do?
  7. Read Romans 13:6.  Is paying your taxes a spiritual issue?  Why or why not?
  8. When was the last time you got a traffic ticket?  How did you feel about the police officer?  If you were in the wrong, how should you feel?
  9. How can we honor our first responders and other governmental authorities?

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