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Prison Ministry Bible Study # 1

Christianity - A Positive Force for the World


Prison Ministry Bible Study


Lesson One


You can create your own Bible Studies by printing out chapters or scriptures in the Bible and putting
the question who, what, when, where, why, and how to them. You can use these lessons for Bible
Studies for family Bible Studies, for small groups, Sunday school, or even a Prison Ministry like I
have.


In my ministry with prisoners in Kansas I have been working on a Bible study for prisoners for some
time now and see how Paul taught the Roman Christians how they are supposed to live a godly life in
the world and how to live a godly life among each other. Romans 12 is a pattern on how Christians
ought to live among themselves in the church or in some cases, being incarcerated. Romans 12 is how
Christians can live among the world and also live among other prisoners and guards while being
incarcerated. I have used this same study for our church to be model Christians and model citizens in
the world and in the church as a witness and testimony to Jesus Christ and the Gospel.


There is also a model on Romans 12 for prisoners to use as a Bible Study, Lesson Two on how they
should be living within the Christian community, whether free or incarcerated. As for this lesson, there
are the five W’s and the one H of each of these verses in Romans 13. They are the who, what, where,
when, why, and how. If you can add anything to this, please feel free to do so or modify it for your
own use. This will be available to copy and paste, modify, or use in any way you wish.
Christianity in the World - Living a Godly Life


How does the Christian affect the world? What does being salt and light mean? What are God’s
requirements of every Christian in the world as far as being an employee? Actually, the world would
be a better place and so would business. If Romans 12 is the model of how Christians ought to relate to
one another, then Romans 13 is how Christians ought to relate to their employers and employees and to
society in general.


Submitting to Government: Romans 13:1-2


Paul is clear about what God’s expectations are for believers in the world of work. Starting in verse
one he says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except
from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority
resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”


Who is Paul talking about here? _____________________________________________


What are the ways in which this can be lived out? _______________________________


Where do these two verses apply? ____________________________________________

 

When are there opportunities to live this out? ___________________________________


Why is this important? _____________________________________________________


How can we fulfill these commands? _________________________________________


Submitting to Employers: Romans 13:3-5


So being obedience, submissive, and a faithful work is commanded of us by God. In verse 3 Paul
continues, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the
authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you
for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister,
an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only
because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.”


God has placed people in the church as it pleases Him. My church has a deacon, and elder and for
some reason unknown to me, has placed me as their pastor. So we should realize that people that are in
authority over us, at work, in public and in church, as God’s agents. He has placed each person in their
position as His sovereignty pleased Him to do so. It is no accident.


Who is Paul talking about here? _____________________________________________


What are the ways in which this can be lived out? _______________________________


Where do these two verses apply? ____________________________________________


When are there opportunities to live this out? ___________________________________


Why is this important? _____________________________________________________


How can we fulfill these commands? _________________________________________


Submitting to Rulers: Romans 13:6-7


Paul continued in verse 6 “For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers
attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are
due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” In other words, we are to
esteem those in authority with respect and honor that is due them. Not because you agree with them,
but because God has instructed Christians to do so.


Who is Paul talking about here? _____________________________________________


What are the ways in which this can be lived out? _______________________________


Where do these two verses apply? ____________________________________________

 

When are there opportunities to live this out? ___________________________________


Why is this important? _____________________________________________________


How can we fulfill these commands? _________________________________________


Submitting to our Society: Romans 13:8-9


In verse 8, Paul says that we are to “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves
another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not
murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness, ‘You shall not covet,’, and if there is
any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.’ 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”


Who is Paul talking about here? _____________________________________________


What are the ways in which this can be lived out? _______________________________


Where do these two verses apply? ____________________________________________


When are there opportunities to live this out? ___________________________________


Why is this important? _____________________________________________________


How can we fulfill these commands? _________________________________________


Wearing Christ in Public: Romans 13:11-13


Paul tells us that the world is watching us and so says, 11 “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is
high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The
night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on
the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in
lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

Who is Paul talking about here? _____________________________________________

What are the ways in which this can be lived out? _______________________________

Where do these two verses apply? ____________________________________________

When are there opportunities to live this out? ___________________________________

Why is this important? _____________________________________________________

How can we fulfill these commands? _________________________________________

How different would be the world if Christians took to heart these commands to be a good neighbor,
citizen, employer/employee, and fellow member of the Body of Christ. Then indeed, it would be said
of us all, collectively, that "These that have turned the world upside down are come here also." - Acts
17:6. Maybe it should read, we have turned the world, right side up!

Lesson Number One, Jack Wellman, NACM 2011
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