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The Christian’s biblical response to leaders needs to be one that respects those whom God has ordained for us. We are to be in subjection and speak no evil of our God-ordained leaders. This includes obedience to speed limits, taxes and various other laws imposed by civil government, but it also includes what we say (Titus 3:2).

Avoiding evil speech—speech that vilifies, slanders, defames or reviles—is particularly difficult when we dislike an individual. Nevertheless, the mandate remains the same. To drive the point home, Paul reminds us that we “were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lust, and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another” (Titus 3:3).

One of our goals for the ministry is to encourage Christians to respond biblically to civil leaders. We look forward to seeing local churches take up the mission Scripture gives to make disciples of all men, carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). There is a special emphasis put on ministry to kings through Paul’s commission in Acts 9:15 and elsewhere in Scripture.

We look forward to working with local churches to establish ministries and Bible studies in municipalities across the state as well. There are 92 counties and 10,746 individuals in elected office across our state—quite an opportunity for the church and individual Christians willing to go and tell.

Please pray for us as we establish a statewide network of churches and individuals praying for and seeking to make disciples among the leaders of our state and throughout the world.

Matthew Barnes
State Minister

Bible studies

Indiana Bible Study Feed
Bible Study - Proverbs
Beth Bowen Memorial Meditation Room 432
Fridays at Noon
Statehouse Chapel Service
Beth Bowen Memorial Meditation Room 432
12:10-12:35 p.m.