Lay Leaders

The Biblical conversation on gun violence is not just for pastors.

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As a lay leader, you have an opportunity to bring this important conversation to the people you minister to on a weekly or monthly basis. Whether it’s Youth Group, Women’s or Men’s Bible study ministries, small group / home group studies, or outreach fellowships, you can utilize the tools and resources on this page to facilitate a prayerful and biblical conversation / Bible study on the topic of guns and gun violence in our culture.

As believers, we are called to be the “salt and light” in our world. Our culture has always been impacted by ideas and practices that run contrary to Scripture and to God’s desire for our lives. Though the issue of guns and gun violence can often be a difficult and controversial subject among our brethren, it none-the-less is an issue by which we need to approach with biblical guidance. Our prayer is that the myriad of resources offered on this page will guide and inspire you to bring the Conversation to the people the Lord has given to you to Shepherd and disciple.

 

The Wrong Reasons to Own a Gun

Preston Sprinkle
"Christians disagree on many ethical questions, and some disagreements can get quite heated. Few disagreements are as volatile as whether Christians should own guns and use them against their enemy." Read more from Preston Sprinkle.
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A Conservative Gun Owner on the Christian Response to the Orlando Mass Shooting

Devon Bailey
"The violent world that Jesus was up against is not so different from our own. It should therefore be easy for Christians to observe how they are called to exist under such conditions. We can simply place ourselves in these narratives and learn how God desires us to handle these conflicts." Read more from Devon Bailey.
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Let's Stop Using the Old Testament to Justify Our Violence

Kaitlyn Hamby
Kaitlyn Hamby discusses the age-old debate of whether Christians can justify using violence for self-protection. "Why are we so eager to justify protecting ourselves with violent means? Why do we use the Old Testament to do so? The violence in the Old Testament appears to be sanctioned by God because the Jews benefit from it. No such violence occurs in the New Testament—the New covenant does not permit it."
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Ten Things I Believe About Christians and Guns

Rev. Rob Schenck
Death and killing have their origin in evil, but the gospel of Christ is about God’s gift of life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (Jo...
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What Jesus Would Say to the Gun Lobby

Kaitlyn Hamby
"I don’t know the answer to the terrible problem of gun violence, but I do know that The Lord is my shepherd." Kaitlyn Hamby addresses the gun lobby's talking points with scripture.
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Christians and Guns: The Danger of Fantasy

David Michael Woods
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For those who seek to save their life will lose it, but the one who loses his life for my sake will save it."
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Rev. Rob Schenck I GUN VIOLENCE MARS THE IMAGE OF GOD IN MAN I Christian Post

GUN VIOLENCE MARS THE IMAGE OF GOD IN MAN

By Rev. Rob Schenck

“National Gun Violence Awareness Day reminds us all just how devastating a firearm is when it is used to maim or kill a human being.” Read more in The Christian Post.

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HOW SHOULD THE CHURCH RESPOND TO GUN VIOLENCE?

By Peter Surran

“People of faith have had to respond to the issues of gun violence after it recently occurred in what many might consider an unlikely place.” Read more on Ministry Matters.
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‘THE EARTH IF FILLED WITH VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF THEM’: GUNS SEEN THROUGH THE LENSE OF GENESIS

By Christopher B. Hays

“Am I God, to give death or life? — the question is rhetorical, and it brings into focus a fundamental problem with the United States’ gun obsession: hubris.” Read more on Patheos.
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‘EVANGELICAL’ VOTER’S GUIDE

By Ben Witherington

“Being pro life also means stricter background checks not merely on immigrants entering the country, but also on those wanting to buy guns in the country. More guns in civilian hands will not make us any safer.” Read more on Patheos.
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GUN CONTROL & MILITARISM

By Preston Sprinkle

“As an owner of several guns myself (a 12 gauge, 20 gauge, .270, and .22), I’d be a hypocrite to say that Christians shouldn’t own guns. But as a Bible believing follower of the Way, I’d be a fool to think that the question is purely a political one.” Read more on Patheos.
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Rev. Rob Schenck, Washington Post I Sword of the Spirit

I’M AN EVANGELICAL PREACHER. YOU CAN’T BE PRO-LIFE AND PRO-GUN.

By Rev. Rob Schenck

“I saw the after-effects of gun violence firsthand. In Pennsylvania, I visited the families of five murdered Amish schoolgirls, as well as the family of the shooter. And I watched as a mass shooting unfolded at the Washington Navy Yard, across from where I lived at the time. These experiences, followed by careful theological and moral reflection, left me convinced that my family of faith is wrong on guns.” Read more in The Washington Post.
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Rev. Schenck I Twin Terrors: Abortion; Gun Fire I Sword of the Spirit

TWIN TERRORS: ABORTION; GUN FIRE

By Rev. Rob Schenck

“Pro-lifers have long denounced the use of instruments of death against the child in the womb. We have boldly displayed the bloody photos of post-abortion fetal remains. Yet, we have ignored other victims of violent death. Among them are the real and potential victims of gun violence.” Read more in USA Today.
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Rev. Rob Schenck I Planned Parenthood Colorado Springs Shooting I Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images

I USED TO CONFRONT ABORTION DOCTORS—UNTIL ONE GOT MURDERED

By Rev. Rob Schenck

“Pro-lifers have long denounced the use of instruments of death against the child in the womb. We have boldly the bloody photos of post-abortion fetal remains. Yet, we have ignored other victims of violent death. Among them are the real and potential victims of gun violence.” Read more in TIME.

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Do Not Be Afraid
by Pastor David Woods of Zoe Church

“The Armor of Light”

Rev. Rob Schenck

“The Armor of Light” Excerpts

Rev. Rob Schenck

“Evangelical Church Alliance Sermon on Gun Violence”

Rev. Rob Schenck

 

 

 

SMALL GROUP STUDY

Does the Bible have anything to say about how Christians should respond to guns and gun violence? In the coming months, we will launch a Small Group / Bible Study, based in part on information from the documentary The Armor of Light, for believers to dive into Scripture to build a picture of just how Christians should best respond to these issues:

  • Protecting ourselves and loved ones,
  • Loving our neighbor,
  • Trusting God,
  • Having faith over fear, and
  • Addressing violence related to American gun culture.

Intended Audiences: The study is perfect for home groups, small groups, women’s ministry, men’s ministry, and youth groups.

Please watch the trailer below and fill in the comment form with suggestions of psalms, Bible verses, or topics for a small group study to address this difficult topic facing congregations today. We value your input as we prayerfully deliberate these difficult questions of faith.

Watch on Online Now

The film is available to watch online on these platforms.

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Host a Screening

Filmed at Northland Church, Longwood, FL, watch this town hall with Christian leaders discussing the role of faith in solving gun violence crisis in the United States.

Town Hall Panelists

  • Rev. Rob Schenck, subject of The Armor of Light and president of Faith & Action
  • Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue
  • Dr. Joel Hunter, pastor at Northland Church
  • Minister Kenneth Blanchard, author of Black Man with a Gun
  • Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, professor at Liberty University
  • Shane Claiborne, evangelical community organizer
  • Dianna Hobbs, Christian blogger

 

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We welcome your ideas for psalms, Bible verses, or topics to add to the small group study, and/or on the site. Please fill in the comment form below. We value your input as we prayerfully deliberate these difficult questions of faith.

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