NOTE: The questions for this week’s study were written by Dee Graves.
- As you pray for your study today, ask God to humble your heart so that you may receive the grace described in James 4:6 “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
- Read Romans 2:1
- STUDY NOTE: The Apollo 13 mission launched at exactly 13:13 Houston time. Two days later on April 13, 1970, something happened. In describing the event, commander of the mission, James A. Lovell, said, “the roof fell in; rather, oxygen tank No. 2 blew up, causing No. 1 tank also to fail. We came to the slow conclusion that our normal supply of electricity, light, and water was lost, and we were about 200,000 miles from Earth.” “Houston, we have a problem.” At the conclusion of Romans 1, we realize, mankind has a problem. Mankind has failed, is lost, and seemingly 200,000 miles from God.
- Look back at Romans 1:18-32 where Paul is describing the “Wrath of God” and mankind’s sin. How many times does Paul use the word “they” or “them” or “their?” What effect does this have on us as we read about the sins of mankind? Do we feel anger and frustration with mankind for their sinfulness?
- Now looking at Romans 2:1-16, we see that Paul begins with the word “You.” How many times does Paul use the word “you” in these first 16 verses? What message does this communicate about the anger and frustration we felt with mankind when we were reading the end of Romans 1?
- What do you think is the main point of Romans 2:1-16?
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