Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 05.26.12

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FIGHT
Fight For Your Country
Steven Whitlow
May 26 & 27, 2012

DECLARATION PREAMBLE:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. LUKE 4:18-19 (NLT)

 

Fight with W____________________
“A time for war and a time for peace.” ECC. 3:8 (NLT)

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” ROMANS 12:18 (NLT)

 

Fight with your W____________________
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” EPH. 4:29 (NLT) 

“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” JAMES 1:26 (NLT) 

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. PROVERBS 31:8-9 (NLT)

 

Fight with your W____________________ of L_______________________
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. JAMES 1:22-25 (NLT)

 

Discussion Questions

ICEBREAKER: Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fought and died for our freedom. First, share the names of those you know who served our country and where. Next, what freedom do you enjoy the most?

  1. Do you ever feel conflicted when it comes to being a Christ-follower AND an American citizen? Does that create tension in your life?
  2. What does it mean for you to be a “good American citizen?” What are Jesus’ instructions to believers as it pertains to their earthly citizenship?
  3. Our freedom carries with it a tension that must be managed. The tension is that we are all entitled to differing opinions about politics, race, religion, morality, etc. Reflect on Steven’s talk this weekend and talk about how to exercise the freedoms that you have without ruining opportunities to tell people about Christ?
  4. There are people who passionately love and serve Jesus and yet, have political viewpoints vastly different than your own. How can you have appropriate political discussions? Do you keep politics in proper perspective and not blow up any time someone doesn’t agree with you?
  5. How respectful are you of our country’s leaders? While our leaders may not share our faith, what does the Bible say about how we should treat them? (Also see Romans 13:1-2)
  6. After listening to this weekend’s message, how were you challenged to fight for your country with your way of life? In what ways does living for Christ enable you to be a good American?
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