“Authority.” For many of us, it’s a four letter word. We assume that any authority in our life exists to push us down and oppress us. But the truth about authority is the exact opposite. Today we’re going to talk about how God actually designed authority to be a benefit to us.
Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations and push a little deeper. Go on. Dive in.
“You’re not the boss of me!” Let’s get started this week by sharing some (hopefully) fun stories. We’ve all disobeyed authority, and it’s got us into some trouble. Pick a story and share.
Check out the example of authority that Brian unpacked throughout his message. Someone read it out loud. Then, each person share a part of the scripture, or the message that stuck out.
Being under authority can bring joy. In the previous question, we talked about the Centurion. And you can bet he felt joy when he got home and saw his servant healed. Share a time when being under authority brought you joy. (Maybe listening to a coach and winning, or getting feedback from the boss and crushing a presentation.)
Being under authority can bring rest. Have you ever had a really good boss, or coach, or father figure? Talk about the rest and peace that can come from trusting who is in charge. (Never had that before? That’s ok. Share your top five characteristics of a perfect boss. And no–they can’t all be about giving you a fat raise.)
Being under authority can bring freedom. This idea is what the Trail Boss series is all about. We’re only a week in, but go ahead and tackle it. (We’ll likely revisit the question later.) Do you believe being under authority can lead to freedom? Why or why not?
Be under authority. Find someone (preferably someone older than you) that you trust, and let them tell you what to do. Seriously.
If you need to explain why, just say “I was challenged this week to practice letting someone else be in authority over me. So what is one thing you think I should do that would be good for me?”
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