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A public gospel - Politics

Paul Woolley, challenges Christians to reconsider how they engage with politics.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Public Gospel: How should the gospel shape our engagement with public life?' It is the third in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Among our peers / church, what is the perception of, and level of engagement with, politics? Why do we think this is?
  2. What are the best and worst examples we can remember of Christian engagement with politics? What was good/bad about these engagements and how could they have been better?
  3. In our understanding and outworking of the kingdom, which approach do we see ourselves most aligning with? How is this potentially at odds with the kingdom Jesus initiated? How will a correct understanding of the kingdom of God impact how we engage with politics
  4. When it comes to Christian spiritual formation what is our current vision (personally and/or as a church)? What is our level of intention and what are the means? How does this compare with what it should be? How could we potentially move to where we need to be?