Lesson 11: November 12, 2017
Promise of a New Covenant: Jeremiah 31:27-34
Teaching Strategy: Discuss what motivates and guides participants in living in right relationship with God and others. What roles do external laws/expectations play compared and contrasted with what God has written on their hearts? Encourage participants to reflect on the ways their lives have been changed because God’s law is written on their hearts.
There are numerous conflicts today in which reliance upon written laws stands in contrast to expectations that people will do the “right thing” without rules and regulations. Examples include the ownership and responsible use of guns; discrimination against other based upon religion, race, or sexual orientation; and care for the environment. The debate about stronger gun control or anti-discrimination laws, for example, is often quite heated. How might scripture inform Christians’ response to this controversy? How can God work through Christians to inspire people to live as God intends – whatever the civil law requires (or does not require)?
- Change Our Violent Culture; The Gospel for Gun-Loving Christians
- U.S. Department Says Anti-Bias Law Does Not Protect Gay Workers; Discrimination Against Muslims is Increasing in U.S., Pew Study Finds
Concern about gun violence increased again on Monday, November 6, when 26 people were killed in a Baptist church in Texas. There are no easy solutions, but there can be no doubt that the U.S. must find a way to reduce gun violence and eliminate mass shootings wherever they are occurring. The question is more urgent than ever: How can God work through Christians to inspire people to live as God intends – whatever the civil law requires (or does not require)?
- Texas Shooting Kills 26 at Southern Baptist Church; We Grieve With Sutherland Springs, Call for Sensible Gun Measures;