Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

How does the increased knowledge of Jesus' kingship produce joy? How is the increased knowledge of Jesus' kingship sobering?

 

Have you ever considered the doctrine of just war in the context of Jesus sovereignty? Does this give carte blanche to human government to wage war for any reason? What reasons justify war? What reasons that are commonly given do NOT justify war?

 

Describe the comfort that you can derive from Jesus being the ruler of all rulers.

 

Why do you think Jesus is portrayed in secular books and movies as a quiet, unassuming itinerant teacher who could never be expected to raise his voice, much less "tread out the winepress of God's wrath?"

 

Does it make you uncomfortable that the martyrs around the throne are asking God to judge and take vengeance in Rev. 6:9-11? How do you reconcile their cry for justice with the clear biblical teaching that we are to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute you (Matthew 5:43-48)? 

 

What will you do with the increased conviction that Jesus will judge? How does that impact your personal life? Your family life? Your life among unbelievers?

 

How does Jesus provide good government according to the five points of Samuel Sherwood's sermon?

 

1. Government should provide social order.

2. Government should preserve human dignity.

3. Government should punish evil and praise goodness.

4. Government should promote justice.

5. Government should promote peace.

 

According to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 Government has the responsibility to provide for peace. What is your responsibility to government? Has the knowledge of Jesus' Kingship changed how you will pray for your leaders? If so, How?

 

Does the external peace provided by good government automatically produce internal peace in the believer’s life? How may we take advantage of external peace to live godly and dignified lives?