Our journey through Romans continues! Today, “The Law” is on display. As the sun rises each morning and illuminates each part of God’s creation so we may see, the law was given to illuminate sin so that we would see our need for a Saviour. - Kim
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Talk about the purpose of law...in homes, schools, government, in the nation, and world? How are God’s laws purposeful in your life? How does law bless? How does law convict?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with as they see their need for Jesus?
Open our eyes, Jesus. Help us see the law you have written on the hearts of all men. I know I often want to uphold my law and use it as a tool to judge others. Forgive me for this, Lord. Help me see myself and others with your eyes. Help me love others and be your instrument to point them away from a law that will condemn, and point them to you, the fulfillment of the law, King Jesus.
DISCOVER [Romans 2: 12-16]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
_ What does verse 12 tell us about those who have sinned without the law?
_ What does it also tell us about those who have sinned under the law?
_ Verse 13 uses the word justified, just as if we had never sinned. Who will be justified according to this verse?
_ How does this truth encourage or convict you personally?
_ What do you notice about verse 14? How are those observations answered or expounded on in verse 15?
_ What bears witness to Jew and Gentile alike? Why? How?
_ God has a very specific role that he plays in verse 16. How does God’s power to do this with you affect you today?
+ 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)
_ Is there an area of your life that you have a tendency to be a law-maker/keeper/giver? How can you lay down the gavel and turn it over to God, the ultimate judge of men? What is your first step this week?
_ Are there any areas Jesus is inviting you to be a doer not just a hearer of The Law?
_ Is there a place where what is written on your heart is not matching your actions? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer to turn away from this action and turn toward Him?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?