For Leaders: We shared this document with you last week. But if you didn’t get a chance to check it out, it’s a helpful read as we wrap up this series and enter into a political season! How Small Groups Can Be A Safe Place For Politics.
The unity and diversity of the early church shocked and intrigued the ancient world. Our unity and diversity should similarly intrigue our world. It seems like this year, maybe like any other in recent history, unity in the church matters greatly!
- We often attribute someone’s character to their behavior. For instance, what’s your initial opinion of someone if you notice one of these below behaviors?
Late • Lazy • Generous • Opinionated • Educated • Extravagant • Loud
- What is something that YOU do that you would say happens because of environmental factors rather than because of your character? (i.e. I’m late because of my dog and traffic, not because I value my own time over others )
- In a similar way, people can make character judgments based on how other people lean politically. Why do you think people do that?
Look It Up
Read Galatians 3:28, where Paul talks about cultural barriers that should be minimized because of Jesus.
- What stands out to you?
- Are there cultural categories (e.g.,gender,political parties,economic classes) that are hard for you to see as having equal value?
- Why is it so important the church today believe and live what Paul said in these verses? How do his thoughts expand beyond politics?
- What do you find appealing about the way Paul talks about the Kingdom of God? With this, why is the Kingdom of God contagious?
- How can you choose to be a kingdom person instead of “party person” going into this election season?
- What would it look like for you to seek to love and understand someone who thinks differently that you? Is there a certain person in your life you need to do this with?
- Beyond politics, how can you choose to be a kingdom person this week?
One Final Thought
Christianity achieved the well-nigh impossible. The Christian doctrine elevated the individual soul, placing slave and master and commoner and nobleman alike on the same metaphysical footing, rendering them equal before God and the law. Christianity insisted that even the king was only one among many.
—Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life