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Part 1: The Problem

September 13, 2020

Dr. Jason Kennedy


Romans 12:2 (Kingdom New Testament)

Don’t let yourselves be squeezed into the shape dictated by the present age. Instead, be transformed ...

Purpose of this series: We should be able to set an example when we talk about politics without losing our minds and our souls.

We have been divided into tribes.

  • Tribalism at its best is a group of people with common ideals working together.
  • Tribalism at its worst becomes about someone winning and someone losing.

Luke 9 - Spiritual Power vs. Earthly Power


Luke 9:18–22 (ESV)

18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 

Is Jesus a...

  • Revolutionary?
  • Political leader?
  • Teacher?
  • Moral example?


Luke 9:49-62 (ESV)

49 John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village. 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

It was never about winning in the culture for Jesus. It was about loving and serving those who would reject him.


John 17:9–23 (ESV)

I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 

1st Century Church:

Jewish, Samaritans, Gentiles, Tax Collectors, Prostitutes, Slaves, Rich, Poor, Soldier, Educated, Uneducated

21st Century Church:

Black, White, Brown, Rich, Middle Class, Poor, Old, Young, Privileged, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Indecisive, Uninformed

Despite our differences, we should not let anything or anyone divide us.

John 17:16 - We are not of this world.

Challenge question: Are you willing to evaluate your politics through your filter of faith rather than create a version of faith to support your politics?


Your favorite candidate will win or lose based on how our country votes this November. However, the church will win or lose based on our behavior between now and then. 


1. On a scale from 1 to 10, how interested are you in politics?

2. What do you look forward to most—and dread most—about presidential election years?

3. Outside of your workplace, think of the people you interact with most. What percentage of those people think pretty much the same way as you politically?

4. In all honesty, which of these describes you best? Why do you say that? 

  • I evaluate my politics through the filter of my faith.
  • I create a version of faith that supports my politics.

5. Read John 17:20–23, where Jesus offers a prayer for future believers.

  • What stands out to you?
  • In verse 23, Jesus prays for unity. 
  • How would you define “unity?” 
  • According to Jesus’ prayer, why is unity so important?

6. When it comes to politics and moving toward unity, what’s a next step for you?

Memorize: Romans 12:2 (Kingdom New Testament) - Don’t let yourselves be squeezed into the shape dictated by the present age. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you can work out what God’s will is—what is good, acceptable, and complete.

Bible Reading:

See the below attachment entitled “M’Cheyne Bible Calendar,” and read September 14-20 this week.

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