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Responding Biblically to Overturning Roe

Many Christians are rightly giving thanks in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right.

Even as we use our political freedoms to love our neighbors—including the unborn—we need to remember that our ultimate goal is not to win a political battle but to make disciples for the glory of God.

We rejoice that in this decision justice was upheld on behalf of the unborn. In addition to giving thanks, we also need to know how to speak about this issue to those in our culture—and in our churches—who have questions.

In this sensitive message from Psalm 139:13–16, Pastor David Platt urges all believers to not only speak up on behalf of the unborn but also to continue caring for mothers and families.

Even as we use our political freedoms to love our neighbors—including the unborn—we need to remember that our ultimate goal is not to win a political battle but to make disciples for the glory of God.


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What does the passage say?

  1. Read Psalm 139 in its entirety aloud as a group. Have a group member re-read verses 13-16 aloud and take some time to let group members share observations about the passage. Try not to move into interpretation of the passage or application of what you have read quite yet. Simply share what you all observe from the text.
  2. What word does David use to describe God’s works (v. 14)?
  3. How does the Bible describe God’s involvement in our development in the womb (v.15)?
  4. What does this passage teach us about God’s involvement in each day of our lives (v. 16)?

What does the passage mean?

This passage teaches us that our sovereign God intentionally and intimately formed each of us in our mother’s womb.

  1. How does the Bible show that a baby in his/her mother’s womb is a person? See also Job 31:15, Job 10:8-10, Psalm 22:10, Luke 1:15, Jeremiah 1:5.
  2. Read Genesis 1:26-27. What does it mean that every person is made in the image of God?
  3. How must the knowledge that we are made in God’s image affect the value and worth we give to all human life?
  4. What was David’s response when he acknowledged how God made him (v. 14)? Why is that a fitting response from us as well?
  5. How does the gospel of Jesus Christ show the value and worth our Lord put on human life?

Application Questions

  1. How can we apply this passage to our lives?
  2. How can we, as a Church Group family, “Listen and learn?”
  3. How can we, as a Church Group, “Support and Serve?”
  4. How can we, as a Church Group, “Speak up?”
  5. How can we, as a Church Group, “Reach out?”

Sermon Recap

Affirmations from God’s Word:

  1. A mother’s womb holds a person known, loved, and formed by God. (Psalm 139, Job 31:15, Job 10:8-10, Psalm 22:10, Luke 1:15, Jeremiah 1:5)
  2. Every single person bears the image of God and possesses value before God. (Genesis 1:26-27)
  3. Every single person deserves honor from us. (1 Peter 2:17)
  4. God designs sexual activity exclusively for marriage between a man and a woman. (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
  5. God gives government for the good of people and the legislation of morality. (Romans 13)
  6. God requires His people to do justice and love kindness for all people, including children born and unborn, women and men, from either gender, or with any disability. (Micah 6:8)
  7. God calls His children to believe and speak unpopular truth as we show and express unexpected love. (Ephesians 4:15)
  8. Jesus commands His church to accomplish a great commission, not to win a political election. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Applications and Ways We Can Respond

Listen and learn

  • Understand the reasons behind abortion.
  • Spend time with people from different perspectives

Support and serve

  • Women and men with unwanted pregnancies.
  • Single parents and grandparents.
  • Foster and adoptive families.

Step forward

  • Share your burdens from the past with others.
  • Share your struggles in the present with others.

Speak up

  • Before God.
  • Before the government.

Reach out

  • Through working for justice in high-risk communities.
  • Through giving to work that protects and promotes life.
  • Through volunteering at pregnancy care centers.
  • Through fostering or adopting children.
  • Through making disciples.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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