Friday First: What Would Jesus Say About Abortion?

On Monday evening the nation was rocked by a leak of the draft ruling of the United States Supreme Court that could provide evidence that the landmark 1973 ruling, Roe v. Wade will be overturned. For Christians, there is much cause for optimism. But not all are pleased. Some have said this is a fearful time as they feel the rights of women will be trampled upon. And others have once again brought up the idea that Christians have made abortion their pet issue as a cover for misogynistic, patriarchal bias that enjoys oppressing women. One writer I found even said that since Jesus or Paul did not specifically bring up the issue of abortion that it must not be that big of a deal and that Christians should stop obsessing over it.

So what would Jesus say about abortion? It is true that there are no recorded, specific teachings of Jesus regarding abortion. Does this mean He was not concerned about it? Any assertion that he did not care is just an assumption. John 20.30-31 says there were many things Jesus spoke about that were never recorded. So … is His silence permissive?

During our time together we will take a look at four of Jesus’ teachings that make it clear that the idea of having an abortion would be unthinkable … for any true disciple of His.

On Sunday we will: 
  • Take a look at how Jesus viewed Old Testament Scripture.
  • See His high regard for children.
  • Seek to understand His application of the second greatest command.
  • See how abortion clearly contradicts His teaching on self-denial and sacrifice.

As you prepare for worship on Sunday, please give consideration to these questions:
  1. Why do you think so many are hesitant to bring up the matter of abortion? Why is it become off limits? From what perspective do you think we need to view this matter? Not just politics, … but…?
  2. Why is it so important we be mindful of the way we come across as we discuss the matter of abortion?
  3. What do you think life will look like in a post-roe world?
  4. What are some things we can do to serve those who find themselves with an unexpected pregnancy?
  5. What are some organizations you know of that you can get involved with in supporting adoption and services to help those contemplating abortion?

Those Serving

OPENING / WELCOME
Kody Pritt

SONG LEADER
Eric Renegar

PRAYER OF PRAISE
Wes Grushon

LEAD LORD'S SUPPER
Randy Mullins

SERVE LORD’S SUPPER
Dylan Schofield
Eric Renegar
Dan Spargo
Jeremy Price
Roy Pyle
Dru McLaughlin

 
SCRIPTURE READING
Boyd Hastings
Psalm 139.7-16


PREACHING
Matthew Allen

CLOSING PRAYER
Keith Jones

CLOSING COMMENTS
George Wacks

WELCOME CENTER
Tina Jacobs / Rich Jacobs

USHERS
Jim Grushon / Bob Zehring

CLOSING THE BUILDING
Rich Jacobs

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