These are questions that we use in our weekly community groups, but you can use them as questions for reflection throughout the week.
This week is all about what it means to be a good employee and citizen. What was your first job and why was it so bad? (Note: all first jobs are bad, accept no answers that don’t admit it.)
(Remember: Your goal is good discussion, not just to get through all the questions. Choose the best, leave the rest.)
Read 1 Peter 2:13-25
UNDERSTAND THE WORD
Why do you think God cares how we treat our bosses and government?
What’s unique about Christianity in the way we are to treat our bosses & government?
According to this passage, what is the purpose for submitting to our governmental authorities? (see v. 15)
How does this passage describe submitting to an unjust “master” (or, in our day, “boss”)?
APPLY THE WORD (select 1 question beforehand to use in guy/girl time)
Read v. 16. How are you tempted to use your freedom as a cover-up for evil instead of living as a servant of God?
Have you ever, as v. 19 states, endured sorrows while suffering unjustly? What did you learn?
How can you be a better follower of Christ in your workplace? What are your next steps?
When (if ever) do you think it would be appropriate to practice civil disobedience?
MEN AND WOMEN TIME
(We normally will split into groups of men and women for more in depth sharing and prayer at the end. Use one of the questions from the application section selected beforehand.)
Take a 15 minutes at the end of your study time to look at the passage again and pray through it. Ask God to help you with the commands. Praise God for the glorious aspects of his character revealed in this passage. Thank God for meeting your needs in the ways the scripture highlights.