Fall 2017 Bible Study: Romans Lesson 2

Read Romans Chapter 2: Not by Heritage, Not by Rite

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Words to Ponder:

  • Judgement: An opinion or conclusion. A decision of a court or judge; an obligation created by the decree of a court. A divine sentence or decision [by God]
  •  Law: A binding custom or practice; a rule of conduct or action prescribed and formally recognized as binding, enforced by a controlling authority. The revelation of the will of God set forth in Scripture.
  •  Conscience: The moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good. Conformity to what one considers to be correct, right, or morally good. Sensitive regard for fairness or justice. 
  • Heritage: Property that descends to an heir. Something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor: legacy, inheritance. Something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth: birthright.
  •  Ritual: Of or relating to rites or a ritual: ceremonial, religious law, social custom. A prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony.

Discussion and Reflection:

  1. What is the standard principle of justice between God and humanity?
  2. Does God as Judge treat people differently because their background?
  3. What is it that one day God will judge through Jesus Christ?
  4. Some say, because the Gentiles do not know what was expected of them they couldn’t be held accountable for their actions. Sounds good, but Paul says they are accountable. Why ?
  5. Is keeping the law or being physically circumcised more important ?

Memory Verse: 

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”  Matthew 5:44-45