Romans 1:18-32 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
The global Christian church has for two millennia celebrated Resurrection Day in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection from death on the third day. Paul reminds us that this was predicted by the Scriptures long ago (1Co 15:4).

Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean for you that the Bible predicted and foreshadowed the resurrection on the third day?
  • Jesus said that they only sign the Pharisees would receive was that of Jonah (Matt 12:39). What correlations can you find between Jonah and Jesus?

What Does This Say About God?

  • God is sovereign over all. Nothing scatches him off guard.
  • Like Abraham, God sometimes asks us to have faith in him even when we do not fully understand.
  • God heard Jonah repent in the belly of the great fish. He is always willing to listen to our cries for help and pleas of repentance.

What Does This Say About Humanity?

  • God used many people in the Old Testament to foreshadow the resurrection. He invites us along in his plan of salvation to be used for his glory.
  • All of humanity has fallen and is in need of redemption. There are no exceptions.
  • Christ is the first fruits of a universal resurrection. Each person who has ever lived will one day be resurrected to eternal life or eternal death.

What Will You Do About It?


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Romans 1:24-25 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Paul displays God’s passive wrath as the consequence for humanity’s persistent denial of their Creator’s good gifts. As a result, they have exchanged the truth for a lie and worship the created rather than the Creator.

Discussion Questions

•    God’s passive wrath is his allowance of sinful consequences to come of our action. What examples of God’s passive wrath do you see in Scripture? In life?


•    What does it mean that humanity exchanged the truth for a lie? Can this become reversed? If so, how?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God loves his creation, yet will not abide in its rebellious nature forever.


•    The very things that God created for humanity to rule over (creation) has become its focus of worship.


•    God alone is worthy of being blessed forever. 

What Does This Say About Humanity?

  •  Humanity’s ultimate focus of worship was once God, but has devolved to the “creeping things,” or the enemy himself.

  • Our descent into the destruction of sin is a slow and steady event.

  • Our only hope to exchange a lie for the truth is found in the Last Adam.

What Will You Do About It?


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Romans 1:21-23 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
In these passages Paul is revealing to us the consequences of those who reject God and the truth of who God is.

Discussion Questions

  • Without God has the source in which we measure things by, is it possible to have a standard of morality?  Can a culture, society, or individual define morality?  Does morality change/evolve over time?  Discuss your answers.
  • Discuss the following quote from James Dunn: 
“Paul is obviously thinking more in terms of thanksgiving as characteristic of a whole life, as the appropriate response of one whose daily experience is shaped by the recognition that he stands in debt to God, that his very life and experience of living is a gift from God.”

    In light of Dunn’s quote, what should a life of gratitude and responding with honor to God look like for those who follow Christ?

  • How does understanding the inconsistency caused by truth-suppression help us to speak to nonbelievers about the Christian faith?

 

What Does This Say About God?

 

What Does This Say About Humanity?

 

What Will You Do About It?


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Romans 1:18-20 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Paul brings up the uncomfortable—but necessary—topic of God’s wrath, noting that he is not ashamed or embarrassed by it. To stave off objection’s against God’s righteousness, Paul argues that God’s existence and attributes are plain to all, so all stand in condemnation of sin.

Discussion Questions

•    God’s wrath is often an uncomfortable topic for Christians; however, should it be? Why is it uncomfortable?

•    Paul tells us that God’s existence is painfully obvious. How should this affect our evangelism?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God is a perfectly right and just God who must punish and force us to account for injustice, cruelty, corruption, and sin.

•    God’s has righteous indignation against all sin; he does not experience irrational hatred or anger.

•    God’s existence is evident because of his invisible attributes.

 

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    Outside of Christ, we fall under the righteous indignation of God’s wrath.

•    Humanity will experience a future pouring out of God’s wrath for sin.

•    Atheism is a suppression of truth in unrighteousness, the willful rejection of God’s existence despite evidence to the contrary.

What Will You Do About It?

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Romans 1:13-17 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Paul’s was writing a long letter to a church which consisted of both Jewish and Gentile believers.  His hope was to build unity and faith in the work of Christ and allow this church to be a catalyst for the gospel going forth to other parts of the known world.

What Does This Say About God?

God has been faithful to his people from the very beginning.  He will be faithful to the promises he made to Abraham.

God’s ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts higher than ours.

What Does This Say About Humanity?
•   They church is a family that his bound together through the blood of Christ.  Jesus seemed to think that this was stronger than traditional family relationships.

  • Those who respond to the gospel in trust and surrender are made righteous before God.
  • The gospel invites all people of all nations, races, tongues, creed, and class to be a part of God’s family united under the blood of Christ.

What Will You Do About It?

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For more insight to this passage listen to One More Thing – where our teaching pastors discuss the passage in greater detail using these discussion questions.