For Leaders: These questions are designed to be a guide and starting point for good conversation! You don’t have to ask all of them, and you can even add your own. The goal of tonight is not to finish these questions, it is to get your group talking openly about what God is showing them about this message. We encourage you to pick and choose from the questions below!
Also, the topic of politics can be a touchy subject for some people. This may be a good time to remind your group to be both gracious and kind in their words and actions. As always, we want our groups to be a safe place for people to share what they think and feel.
Your favorite candidate will win or lose based on how our country votes this November. However, the church will win or lose based on our behavior between now and then. We can look to the early church from some helpful tips on how to win!
- On a scale from 1-10, how interested are you in politics?
- Use your story cards: Have each group member pick a card that represents their feelings towards politics right now.
- Does today’s conversation make you excited or anxious?
- What do you look forward to most—and dread most—about presidential election years?
What About You?
- Outside of your workplace, think of the people you interact with most. What percentage of those people think pretty much the same way as you politically?
- In all honesty, which of these describes you best? Why do you say that?
- I evaluate my politics through the filter of my faith.
- I create a version of faith that supports my politics.
- Do you think this conversation (how the church loves well during the political season) is an important one for the church? Why or why not
Look It Up
- Read John 17:20–23, where Jesus offers a prayer for future believers
- .What stands out to you?
- What is going on during this time that prompted Jesus to pray for unity?
- In verse 23, Jesus prays for unity. How would you define “unity?”
- According to Jesus’s prayer, why is unity so important?
- What can the modern day church learn from the early church in regards to unity?
Other helpful scriptures: John 13:35, Proverbs 18:21, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Acts 4:32
- One could argue that 2020 has been a difficult and polarizing year (COVID 19’, Racial Unity, Election, etc.). What does your heart need most as you think about the remainder of this year?
- When it comes to politics and moving toward unity, what’s the next step for you?
- What has this conversation shown you about God’s heart towards you and/or others?
One Final Thought
While we will not agree on every political talking point, we must not let politics divide us.