This week’s Scripture reminds us that we are called to submit to authority and leadership over us. Preceding this is a set of verses that describes the marks of a true Christian, something to keep in mind in the reading of these verses. I recognize the difficulty and tension that is in a sentence like “submit to authority.” We are quick to ask questions about whether or not this authority is good, trustworthy, respectful, and so on. I find myself doing the same thing as I look at the different leaders in my life I am to submit to. I invite you to join me in putting down anxieties and questions in order to listen to what the Lord is teaching us and asking us in these verses. I’m not saying to be afraid to ask the hard question, rather find rest in the presence of a King who is the perfect leader. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What have you been meditating on from yesterday’s sermon?
- Who are the leaders in your life that you admire? What characteristics do they possess?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Today take time to pray for the different leaders in your life. Leaders in the church, leaders in your workplace, or somewhere you volunteer. Pray for government leaders, local, state, and national. Take time to pray for leaders globally, within the church and outside of it. Pray for wisdom, patience, and peace for those who carry much on their shoulders. Pray that you will see these individuals as the Lord sees them.
DISCOVER [Romans 13:1-2]
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
- When reading this is there a part of me that disagrees? If so why am I hesitant to be subject to governing authorities?
- What are the “governing authorities” in my life? (government, workplace, etc.)
- What does Paul mean when he says that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”? (v.1)
- Does the above have implications for us today? If so, what are they?
- What does it mean to resist authority? Is there a way to resist that still honors God and the life we are called to live?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How can I live out what God is calling us to?
- How can I be praying for the leaders in my life? Who are the leaders I need to be praying for?
- What steps do I need to take when I disagree with leadership or do not wish to submit to leadership?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?