Anglican Bible study For September 18, 2022 Topic – Exemplary character on duty posts
THEME: THE LORD GOD AND THE REIGN OF PEACE
SUB THEME: Mandate of the Church for a noble and godly rule (5)
TOPIC: Exemplary character on duty posts
TEXT: Gen. 39:7–10
i. to remind us that as Christians we have character to protect, especially when we occupy positions of trust and authority,
ii. to teach the Christian virtues and values of office holders and
iii. to highlight some negative character traits that destroy rather than build up our nation.
The colour of the skin does not determine the value of a person, neither does the tribe, profession, educational qualification or creed. The true value of a person is his/her character. The content of character is what tells the world that a person is a follower of Jesus Christ. Virtues like humility, integrity, piety, punctuality, patience, self-control, love, and loyalty, characterized the life of Jesus and these must be dominant in the lives of all who are truly His disciples. It is necessary that we exhibit these qualities wherever we find ourselves if our impact as Christians in noble nation building is to be felt.
1. From the text, describe the position and the virtue of Joseph.
2. From Gen. 39:7–9; Esther 2:21–23; Dan. 1:8, identify some excellent character traits Daniel and his companions exhibited, which Christians in office ought to emulate for nation building today.
3. How can such virtues as humility, integrity, piety, punctuality, patience, self-control, love, and loyalty help leaders to discharge noble duties in the society? Discuss in the context of Neh 1:1-4,7; Neh 6:15 and Luk 3:10-16.
4. Highlight some negative traits that may obstruct Christian impact in nation building. Deut 27:25; Prov 15:27; Gal 1:10; Eph 6:5-7.
Christians should always remember that whatever profession or office they occupy, they are there as Ambassadors of Christ and the Church. The character they exhibit will go a long way to assist leaders or rulers in their discharge of duties in noble ways for the growth of the society.
FOOD FOR THOUHT: Where the word cannot go or reach, character will speak.
MEMORY VERSE: Gen. 39:9 “There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God”?