March 21, 2021
GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT
Unit 1: Romans
Connect to My Experience
“Here is the church and here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.”
·Have you ever invited someone to church and had them quickly say, “No way, the church is just full of hypocrites!”?
·Have you heard someone say, “If that is what Christians are like, I don’t ever want to become one!”?
·How do you respond to statements like these?
Connect to the Word
Read Romans 2:1-4.
We condemn ourselves when we assume the role of judge.
·Paul’s words in Romans 2:1 take the form of a rebuke. Whom was Paul rebuking?
·What is the basis of God’s judgment?
·According to the rationale used by Paul here, what is wrong with judging others?
·Is there a difference between condemning and condoning? If so, what is the difference?
Read Romans 2:5-11.
The criterion of judgment is deeds.
·Does Paul contradict what he said about being justified by faith (Romans 1:17) with the statement that God will judge each person “according to what they have done” (2:6)?
·What word did Paul use to describe the nature of God’s judgment?
·To whom will God give eternal life?
Faithful living is not accomplished through sheer human strength and desire; we need God’s Spirit working in and through us.
·Why is daily faithfulness to God so important to our spiritual life?
·How is faith a response to God’s grace?
·What are examples you have seen where self-seeking, rejecting the truth, and following evil has resulted in anguish and distress?
·How did Paul contrast the consequences of good and of evil?
·What does it mean that God does not show favoritism?
We are saved by grace alone, but grace does not negate the importance of obedience.
·What is the difference between merely hearing the law and obeying it?
·What does it mean to have the law written on your heart?
·What did Paul say is the result of having the law written on one’s heart?
Read Romans 2:28-29.
In Paul’s day, circumcision was a sign that a man belonged to the Jewish faith.
·What is meant by circumcision of the heart?
·Whose praise should we care about? Why?
·Who has the right to judge us? Who has the right to judge others?
Connect to My Life and the World
Today, some people call themselves Christians outwardly but, sadly, they don’t live like it.
·What religious symbols and rituals do we view today as “outward signs” of faith in Christ?
·Are those signs always consistent with an inward heart and life? Why or why not?
·If we concern ourselves only with God’s judgment rather than worrying about the approval of others, what positive difference will that make in our lives?
There is much to digest from the passages we studied today. Consider silently:
·In what ways do you need God to help you with a judgmental attitude?
·In what ways do you need God to help your inner self match your outer self, and vice versa?