Religious Liberty Bible Study Book includes six small-group sessions, six weeks of personal Bible study, articles and insights from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission leaders, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” and tips for leading a group.
What if the freedom to practice our faith were taken away? What if we had to decide whether to follow either the rule of our country or our God-given conscience? Religious liberty has protected Christians in America from having to answer these questions, but that may not always be the case.
Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom articulates what the Bible teaches about religious liberty through an overarching biblical theology. Religious liberty is rooted in the kingdom of God and the storyline of Scripture. And it’s integral to our understanding of the church’s mission.
It is religious liberty that helps chart a path for the Great Commission and helps us pursue the mission of loving our neighbor, both here and around the world. But this means Christians should care about religious liberty for all people—not just Christians. Religious liberty is a principle that applies in every area of our lives because it serves the common good. We don’t have to like the beliefs of others, but we should respect their right to hold them.
This study points to the distinct missions of both the church and the state, exposing the historical pitfalls that result when the church and state are joined or when government is openly opposed to religion. Religious liberty is not about promoting a Christian order or retrieving a nostalgic past; it is about promoting a vision of society that protects our conscience and allows the free expression of ideas. The gospel doesn’t need a state to back it up. Religious liberty is an expression of our confidence in the gospel.
1. Religious Liberty and Today’s Culture
2. Religious Liberty and the Bible
3. Religious Liberty and the Christian Mission
4. Religious Liberty and the Common Good
5. Religious Liberty in the Public Square
6. Religious Liberty and Common Objections
• Biblically rooted and gospel-centered content
• Six small-group sessions that examine important topics in the religious-liberty conversation
• Personal-study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth
• Learn why religious liberty matters to Christians and even non-Christians.
• Discover what the Bible teaches about religious liberty through an exploration of specific passages and a consideration of theological foundations.
• Understand why religious liberty is integral to a believer’s understanding of the church’s mission.
• Learn why Christians should care about religious liberty for all people.
• Get answers for common objections to religious liberty in today’s culture.