What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Lawyer?

Christian Legal Society DC Metro Chapter
CLS DC Metro Meetings
are hosted by
Winston & Strawn
1700 K Street, NW, 12th Floor
12:00 - 1:00 pm
All are welcome: 
CLS members, 
 non-members, co- workers         and friends. 

We are looking forward to meeting once again and this month we will be hearing from long-time CLS member, and former CLS DC Metro Chapter President, Richard "Dick" Mayberry.  

His topic will be:  "What Does It Mean to You to Be a Christian Lawyer?"  Dick is a Christian trusts, estates and elder law attorney in Northern Virginia. In a law career spanning 30 years, he has testified on various proposed laws in U.S. Senate and  D.C. Council; litigator in state and federal courts around country;  arbitrators in  various venues like AAA, NFA,FINLA; served as an aadjunct professor at George Washington University and was Special Counsel to a Investigate the Political Activities of Utilities for the Maine legislature's Joint Select Committee. 

Dick is a  member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, active in the Christian Businessmen's Connection and its Forum.  He is also a supporter of and Christian Legal Society, BirthMothers  and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Dick, a Pocket Testament League speaker, encourages personal evangelism, especially in the workplace. 

Please invite anyone you think might be interested in joining us and feel free to forward this email along.

Bible Study Questions For Christian Lawyers

Name a recent conflict in your law practice and C
hristian beliefs? How did you resolve it?

Is Evangelism in law practice dictated by the Great Commission? How do you handle it?

Does the grind, long hours, required focus every put you a sleep to Jesus Christ your Saviour? interfere with daily private time, attending mid-week Church events?

Do you believe Jesus would find the U.S. judicial system just?

How has the Holy Spirit affect you today that will increase your obedience to our Lord tomorrow? 

Attributes of a Christian Lawyer

"Do You Now believe?"

29Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."
31"You believe at last!"[b] Jesus answered. 32"But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:31-33

Lesson of John 16:31-33

"When you will be scattered" have authentic faith

  • For permanent faith, must have suffered; suffering part of God engineering of your life.
  • Value of tribulation is only when we are down do we know what up is; and brings perseverance and leaning on God, not ourselves.
  • Turn from "faith being an emotional experience" to true authentic faith,  being 'one with God' and knowing he is always with you
  • A Christian lawyer has authentic faith in good times and challenges of balancing commitment to God, family, law practice, self, and others

The Resurrection of the Dead

12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.  1 Cor 32:16

Lesson of 1 Cor 32:16

"Don't fall asleep in Christ" for you are lost

  • Jesus is the sole avenue to our Lord. He died for our sins, suffered 3 days in hell separated from his father.
  • His resurrection gave us Hope in our future, that tomorrow is better than today, and eternal life better than worldly wife.
  • Is Jesus a word in your vocabulary? does it make you uncomfortable to discuss Jesus impact on your legal life with colleagues in the work place?
  • A Christian Lawyer loves Jesus, and is awake to his Love. Without Jesus resurrection, the faith of all is futile. A Christian lawyer shares Jesus' love for us with others.
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No Separation from the Love of God

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our
Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Lesson of Romans 8:38-39

"God will never leave you in times of suffering"

  • Law is demanding, contentious, long hours, lonely.
  • No opposing counsel, or supervising attorney, or law firm can ever separate the Christian lawyer from Jesus Christ.
  • A Christian lawyer has confidence every day, and peace at night, for no one on or thing can separate the believer from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have discovered "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him."

All Fall Short of the Glory of God

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.Romans 3:21-26

Lesson of Romans 3:21-26                                                                      

Righteousness of God Through Faith

Christian training, e.g. faith by grace alone, is the antithesis of Christian training, results by counsel's action alone. A Christian Lawyer believes God brings about all things in our lives, and only when it glorifies him does he empower the Holy Spirit to direct a successful outcome in a client matter or your family life.