Due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own families, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are forced to gather in secret, sometimes at the risk of their lives. With few opportunities to gather and little access to biblical teaching, our persecuted brothers and sisters may meet for eight to twelve hours at a time simply to sing, pray, and study God’s Word. This God-centered focus is a helpful corrective to the desire for entertainment that characterizes many church gatherings in the U.S.Encouraged by our persecuted brothers and sisters’ example, each year, we gather for over 6 hours of intense study of God's Word and passionate prayer for the persecuted led by pastor, teacher, and author David Platt.
20.6 – Practical Takeaways
Having examined God's Word and the truths of the gospel to better understand how we are to think about government, we can apply those truths to our everyday lives in interaction with our various governments and government leaders throughout the world.
20.5 – Gospel Conclusions
The gospel affects everything in our lives and in the world, including how we approach government. After reflecting on the gospel and after surveying what the Bible says about God and government, we then filter those truths through the gospel to better...
20.4 – Biblical Truths: New Testament
What biblical truths can we learn from the New Testament—the Gospels, Acts, and the Letters—about Jesus and government and about how followers of Jesus should view, respond to, and participate in government in light of who He is, all He has done, and...
20.3 – Biblical Truths: Old Testament
What does the Bible say about government and about how both God and humans relate to government? There are truths to be learned throughout the Old Testament: Law, History, Wisdom, and Prophets.
20.2 – Gospel Foundations
The gospel is not simply one aspect of what Christians believe. The gospel is the lens through which we see everything else. Therefore, we must understand the gospel before we can understand what God's Word says about government and how those truths...
20.1 – Introduction
When approaching the topic of "God, Government, and the Gospel," we are inundated with questions and issues to consider. But ultimately, we must seek to hear clearly what God has said in His Word about government; distinguish carefully between God's...