Issues Facing Society
Sunday School Lesson #4: Violence
Genesis 6:5 -
13; Psalm 55:4 - 11;
Jonah 3:3 - 10; 1 Peter 3:9 - 12
August 24, 1997
Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com
Genesis 6: 5 - 13; Psalm
55:4 - 11; Jonah 3:3 - 10; 1 Peter 3:9 - 12
- In what
ways is television different today than it was 20 years ago? Give some
- Let me divide you into four reading
and research teams. Let me ask each team to read one of our assigned
passages and answer the following questions from your passage. Then, let's
report our findings.(1)
- What does this passage
teach us about violence?
- On the basis of this verse, how do you
think God feels about violence?
- Does the description of violence in
this passage remind you of violence in our society? Does this sound like it
is talking about our town?
- Does this passage say anything about the
punishment for being violent?
- Does this passage say anything about
the reward for not being violent?
- Let's talk about violence. Would
you agree that violence has been on the rise in our society in our lifetime?
Why do you think this is? Let's list some possible causes.
motivates people to be violent? What is so fun about being violent? What is
- Do you think society in general is anti-violence? Isn't
it commonly assumed that violence is bad? Why does it exist if this is true?
How distant should we as Christians stay from violence? Should we avoid
movies that contain violence, for example?
- Does the fact that a
movie is shown in my community that contains extreme violence affect me? If
I don't see the movie, am I hurt?(2)
- Should I
have the right to do anything about this?
- What about the right of
the person who enjoys violence? To what degree are their rights to be
- The Bible says that we are to be salt and light in our
world. What are some ways Christians can work together toward making this a
less violent world?
- What are some examples of Christians, or
Christian organizations, that are standing out against violence and making a
- If you had a hundred million dollars, unlimited time,
and contacts with the most influential people in America, what could you do
to curb violence in our world?
- Is making this a less violent world
part of being the church and expanding the kingdom, or does God only care
about getting people saved, getting them to behave, and getting them in
- Someone look up James 1:22. (3) What
does this verse have to say about the lesson for the day?
- Let's be
practical and realistic. What can we do about violence in our society? What
are some examples of baby steps that could be taken?
- Would you join
me in a prayer to become willing to do whatever God would have us to do?
1. I would anticipate this
taking about 15 of 20 minutes. It will take some time, but it will help to set
the text before the group.
2. I have read that a
number of studies have confirmed that violence in the media tends to result in
more violence in real life.
3. James 1:22 Do not
merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.