Taking Sides

TakingSides | 2014 Spring Semester

taught by David Baker, Mark Davidson and John Kachelman III

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they asked you what you believed on a subject and you didn't know what to say? Or you didn't have an answer because you had not studied it enough or someone made statements about a subject that you knew were not right, but you weren't able to refute them?

As Christians, we are faced daily with certain controversial issues in the society in which we live. Many of these issues have been around for centuries and others have become issues in our lifetime due to advances in medicine and/or science. The beautiful thing about God's word is that it has not changed, it will always be relevant and it is the rule by which all of these issues must be measured. On the surface, that sounds easy to apply and many times it is, but in other instances our inadequate understanding as humans creates difficulty.

It is our goal in these series to dive into some of the more controversial issues of our day, expose both sides of these issues in the light of scripture, and then determine together which side God is on. Because ultimately that is the side Christians should always take!

We want this class to give you valuable information to use if a topic we study comes up in your daily conversation. You need to be prepared to convey God's will to those you talk with, and this study will equip you with biblical principles to help take God's side in any modern cultural issue.

Lesson 1 | Introduction

The first lesson in this class series is an introductory lesson that will look at the basic principles of the sufficiency of Scriptures and the need to study so we will be able to take a stand with God in our world. The first lesson is also designed to introduce the student to the class format and style and familiarize the student with the structure of the lesson handouts so they will equip themselves for the next study.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 2 | Abortion & Contraception

How Should Christians View Beginning-of-Life Issues?

A Christian cannot help but be confronted with issues that deal with the beginning of life in our modern culture. Although the most prevalent are the debates on abortion, Christians must also consider other similar issues such as contraception. Various denominations have varying beliefs and teaching regarding these issues, and the Bible also gives us biblical principles we can apply to sort out the discussion.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 3 | Christians & Holidays

Should Christians Celebrate Holidays?

Holidays come in many different forms around the world. Some are political or historical in nature, others have origins in pagan traditions, and yet others are associated with religious celebrations. As Christians, we may find ourselves in precarious positions trying to sort whether God wants us to be involved with any of them. Should Christians give honor to national holidays, give gifts at Christmas time, allow children to go trick-or-treating, or hunt eggs at Easter?

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 4 | Christians & Gambling

Should Christians Be Involved in Gambling?

Gambling, whether at a casino, in a state lottery, or other arena, affects much of the culture around us. A Christian should consider the implications of God’s Word on the issue of gambling. Several principles, including stewardship, Christian influence, and righteous living, can be found throughout God's Word. A Christian needs to be assured that everything he or she is involved in is “right” in God’s sight. This can only be done by studying His Word.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 5 | Parental Discipline

How Should Christian Parents Discipline?

Parenting is perhaps the hardest earthly job known! Part of being a Christian parent means having to properly discipline your child. The culture around us frowns on much of what the Scripture says about parental discpline and even goes so far as to prosecute parents for spanking their kids. A careful study of God's word will reveal that discipline is necessary and commanded for Christian parents. Discipline actually includes much more than mere punishment for actions and the Bible speaks about how we should teach, train and punish as a part of disipline.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 6 | Christian Discipline

Are Christians Subjected to Spiritual Discipline?

Not only does the Bible speak about parental discipline, it also extends the discussion on discipline deeper to a spiritual level. Christians experience spiritual discipline in many ways and God gives us several descriptions about ways we are disciplined--including the ultimate church discipline commonly called "disfellowship." The world does not understand the real purpose and motivation behind any discipline is love, but once a Christian understands it properly discipline should be a welcome part of living for Christ.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 7 | Christian's Responsibility to Gov't

How Should Christians React to Gov't?

Christians sometimes get caught up in a debate in today's culture that they can do whatever they want, say anything they think, or support whatever they like with respect to government. God has given some specific commandments regarding a Christia's responsibility to government. This lesson will look at those verses and biblical principles that help support the premise that just because our culture says we can act, say, or support certain things, God clearly has a specific way that Christians should submit to those placed in a position of authority.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 8 | Christians & War

Should Christians Support or Go to War?

War has always been a part of the lives of those who follow after God. Even in today's world a Christian must consider how they can reconcile their obligation to preserve life, love others and "turn the other cheeck" with their responsibility to the government that is set over them. When war is declared, what should the Christian's reaction be? Should they be involved or support it? Could a Christian be invovled in the leadership of a nation and declare war on another nation or group? There is no easy answer to this dilemma, but the biblical principles found in God's word help underscore what our reaction and responsibility should be.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 9 | Culture's Impact on Christians

How Has Culture Impacted Our Roles?

All the cultures of the world have impacted the Christian roles that God set forth in His Word. Consider the roles in the home, church, workplace and in the recreational activities that we choose--each has provided ample examples of how culture has tried to change the roles and responsibilities of God's people. This lesson takes a broad overview of each of these areas and contrasts the cultural impacts with the biblical principles so we can get a better understanding how God would want us to take His side and fulfill the roles he commands for us.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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More Information to help you study this issue

As you study this issue on your own and prepare for our class discussion, the following items may be helpful in learning the opposing viewpoints on the issue, the biblical principles, and how you can apply the principles to the issue.

Note: These links are provided for your education and preparation. Do not hold the Dalraida church of Christ responsible for views which are contrary to God's word or other links or information that may be found on these outside websites. As always, God's word should be used as the measuring stick in matters of truth and godliness.

Lesson 10 | Challenges for Christians

Why Are There So Many Challenges for Christians?

This lesson reviews the lesson series and looks at some of the challenges presented in the biblical principles. The class is encouraged to go through and write down some of the previous principles that challenge them most and then there is a list of eleven principles that seem to overlap and apply to any decision making.

Handout

This class handout has been designed to provide the student information on the issue and guidance for the study. This handout is in pdf format and can be opened and printed on your personal computer or viewed on your portable device.

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