The questions for this week’s study were written by Dee Graves.
- As you prepare your heart for study, know that God desires to reveal Himself to you, and He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you into truth. Before you open in prayer, consider Jeremiah 9:23-24. “This is what the Lord declares: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” Pray for this understanding and knowledge of God with the Holy Spirit as your guide.
- Read Romans 2:17-29
- In Romans 2:17-23, Paul says the Jews needed to teach themselves instead of trying to teach others. Are there times, when you are presented with the depravity of others, that you have a prideful feeling of righteousness? When you are listening to a sermon or a Sunday School lesson, do you ever catch yourself thinking “If my spouse (or my friend or my co-worker) would learn this, they wouldn’t be so difficult to deal with?” We have an inclination to focus on how others need to improve. What should we strive to consider instead?
- When we proclaim ourselves to be Christians, condemn the acts of others (think political leaders, celebrities, non-believers) then continue to sin ourselves, what message does this convey to non-Chirstians about Christians? What message does it convey about Christ? What do people think about God from watching your life?
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