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Sermon Discussion Questions: ‘The Call to Submission’

From Sunday, March 17, 2019

In 1 Peter 2:13, the Apostle gives a general command for believers to “be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.” This sets up the theme for this section of the epistle (2:13 – 3:7). Peter goes on, then, to talk about three types of submission: (1) Submission to governing authorities (2) Submission to masters, and (3) Submission within the family. In chapter 5, he picks up this theme again, writing about submission within the church. This week, we looked at that first area of submission, namely, submission to governing authorities.

The following questions are based on Sunday’s sermon. If you missed the message, you can listen to the audio below.

Discussion Questions:

  1. I argued that submission might be the most difficult Christian discipline. Why is the idea of submission, to God or other people, so difficult?

  2. Read Romans 13:1-7. In light of that passage, why is the command found in our text to submit to governing authorities so important?

  3. This text compels us to submit even to the most wicked rulers. Why would God want us to do such a thing?

  4. Is there ever a time when it is okay to disobey our governing authorities (Read Acts 4:1-22.)? Can you think of an Old Testament example of this type of righteous disobedience?

  5. The call to submission is so countercultural. The secular message of today is to put yourself first, chase your dreams, and live a comfortable life. In what ways has this message crept into the church?