Today is Thursday, January 25th, 2018. There is something satisfying about calling out someone who is being hypocritical. Yet when we are the one being called out it can be a tough pill to swallow. We love to be in the right and it can be hard to admit it when we are wrong.Taking a long hard look in the mirror can be difficult. Pointing our finger at someone else distracts from our own flaws. We are all hypocrites and it takes humility to realize this fact. Humility is something that every great teacher has. Paul was possibly one of the humblest teachers there ever was. Bold in Christ, but never boastful of himself. Knowledge and position in life can sometimes cause us to forget our humble beginnings. We are all saved by the grace of God, not because of who we are, but who God is. Every one of us from the richest to poorest is guilty of blaspheming God. No matter how we may try to cover it up.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you ever create a hierarchy of your life compared to others?
_ Have you ever called someone out in disapproval only to turn towards your own imperfection?
O our Lord and God, restrain our thoughts so that they do not wander amid the vanities of this world. O Lord our God, grant that I may be united to the affection of your love, unworthy though I be. Glory be to you, O Christ. Ascend into the chamber of your renowned light, O Lord; sow in me the good seed of humility, and under the wings of your grace hide me through your mercy. If you were to mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Because there is mercy with you.
DISCOVER [Romans 2:17-24]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
_ In v.17 what do they rely on and what do they boast in?
_ What do they know and what are they sure of in verses 18 and 19?
_ What are the examples of their work in verse 20?
_ What does paul ask them in verses 21 and 22?
_ In v. 23 what do they boast in?
_ In v. 24 why is God blasphemed?
+ 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)
_ Where is hypocrisy in my life?
_ Do I boast in”the law” i.e., money, job, possessions, status, appearance?
_ Do I need to teach myself and do I need to repent to someone 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?