Key Thought : The wealthy, world-loving souls can be drawn to Christ, but they are the most difficult to access.
[Lesson plan for Discipling the Powerful February 24, 2014]
1. Have a volunteer read Romans 13:1-7.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why should the Christian submit himself, or herself, to governments, police, or bosses on the job if they are not being honest, fair, or nice? Share your [...]
While several of Christ’s encounters with powerful people ended acrimoniously, there were notable exceptions, such as with Nicodemus. Another constructive meeting involved a Roman centurion (ranking military officer).
Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. What can we learn from these accounts about witnessing to people in power?
When the centurion learned that Jesus was approaching, he dispatched several friends to dissuade Christ from coming. Deeply respecting Jewish worship and Jesus’ spirituality, he felt undeserving of Christ’s [...]
Unfortunately, some of the most powerful and influential people with whom Jesus dealt were the religious leaders of His time, many of whom were openly hostile to Him.
Yet, even in His encounters with them, Jesus always sought to be redemptive. He wasn’t seeking arguments; He was seeking the salvation of all people, even of those powerful and influential people who would eventually condemn Him to death.
Read Mark 2:23-28, 3:1-6 and Matthew 12:1-16. How can [...]