Hello! This is the beginning of our second week looking at the book of Romans and I am so glad that you are here and joining me on this journey. I hope that you were able to be at Downtown Hope yesterday to hear the message paired with last week’s study of chapter one. Today we begin looking at the second chapter of Romans. Here Paul is giving a warning to those who cast judgment on others, instead of allowing God to be the only one to judge. Let’s see what the Lord has to teach us today. - Mallory

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What is something from the readings/Dailies last week that stood out to you and you have been meditating on?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “judge”?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Lord, we are grateful for You. Thank you for providing grace and mercy. Thank you for being just. Thank you for seeing us and knowing us. Lord, we ask that You would be present with us as we study Your Word. We want to hear from You, not ourselves. Help us to have a better understanding of Scripture and how we are called to live as believers. Lord, we say thank you in advance for meeting us here during this time. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Romans 2:1-5]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

- What does it mean to be condemned for passing judgment on others?
- What is Paul describing in verse 3, specifically when he says “you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself”?
- What is meant to lead us to repentance?
- What happens to our heart when we judge? How will this affect us if we continue in this behavior?
- Why is God the only righteous judge?

+ 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)
- Do I find myself living as a hypocrite as described in verse 3? In what ways?
- What are practical steps I can take to avoid judging others?
- In what ways is God’s kindness leading me to repentance in my own life? What are practical steps I can take to repent and make changes in my life?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?