Teaching a Theology of Civil Government at Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois
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This project is designed to teach a biblical theology of civil government to members of Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois. Chapter 1 presents the context of this project, its rationale, purpose, goals, methodologies, definitions, and delimitations. Chapter 2 exegetes five passages of Scripture (Gen 4-11; Acts 5:29; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 3:13-17; 1 Tim 2:1-4) to establish the origins of government, explain God’s purposes for it, and encourage believers to respond biblically. Chapter 3 surveys the history of evangelicals in the political arena, provides a biblical critique, and proposes a philosophy for Christians to engage government. Chapter 4 describes the project itself and the content of the eight-week class. Chapter 5 evaluates the efficacy of this project based upon completion of its goals.