Christians, Prayer, and the Government (2:1-7)
- What, if any, differences exist between the types of prayer listed in 2:1?
- Who are we to pray for (2:1-2)?
- What is the purpose behind praying for governmental leaders (2:2)? What types of prayer might this require? Is this a different perspective than you've heard before?
- What two reasons are listed for why it is good to pray for governmental leaders (2:3-4)?
- What is the evangelistic function of prayer for governmental leaders (2:3-4)?
- How does Jesus function in reality like the governmental leaders ceremonially do (2:5-6)?
- Why is Jesus a better mediator than governmental leaders (2:6)?
How Christians are to Worship (2:8-15)
- What are men asked to do (2:8)? Should this be the posture of prayer today for men? Why or why not?
- If men don't need to lift up their hands in prayer because that was cultural, does the "cultural argument" apply to the instructions to women in 2:9-15? Why or why not?
- How are women to "dress" (2:9-10)?
- How are women to learn (2:11)?
- What is the reason given for why women need to learn in quietness and submission (2:12)? Is this Paul's reason or a biblical reason (see 2:13-15). How do you determine this?
- What does "assuming authority" over a man (2:12) mean? How do we go too far or not far enough with this?