It's Thursday, January 18, 2018. The worshipping of man-made idols was commonplace when Paul wrote this letter to the Church in Rome. It was an issue he addressed in several of his epistles. This is certainly not a problem in the world today...or is it??? Let's dig into this passage of Scripture that clearly lays out the dire condition of humanity and why there is no hope without intervention from God Himself. - Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Did you idolize someone growing up? What was it that drew you to that person? What made you stop idolizing them?
_ Do you see blatant (and subtle) examples of idol worship in the world today? List some examples.
Heavenly Father, no one is worthy of worship except You and You alone. Thank you for making Yourself known so plainly through creation and the natural order of the world around us. Many of our family and friends refuse to honor You and give You the praise You are due. May we be bold in our proclamation of Your mighty works and the saving grace and mercy You bestowed on us. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 1:21-23]
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_In this context, who is Paul referring to when he uses the term "they"? After you answer that, is there a “we” and who is that? What do you think it means that “they knew God”? Read Psalm 19:1-6.
_What do you think the word "honor" means in this particular verse and why is it tied to the action of giving thanks?
_ Find a good “worldly” definition of the word futile. Find a good biblical definition of the word fool or foolish (read Psalm 14:1-3, Proverbs 1:7). Now, state in your own words what Romans 1:21-23 says.
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Evaluate your life to see if you have any man-made idols, people or things you place above your devotion to God. Repent and remove these stumbling blocks from achieving a closer walk with Jesus.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?