Lesson Overview: Romans 1:18-32

This is lesson 2of 6 in By Grace Through Faith.

  • Main Point of the Passage:  God’s wrath is being revealed against mankind because humans have rejected the truth about him.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: Everyone in the world needs God’s mercy because we have all rejected the truth about Him.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will give up on the excuses we give for our unrighteousness.
  • Key Verse: “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.” Romans 1:18-19
  • Word Studies: Wrath in Romans 1:18

Preparation

Leader Preparation

To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.

Discussion Questions

Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.

Smile Question: What would you do if you had a snow day tomorrow?



Share Question: Tell about a time you realized you needed God’s mercy.



Introduce the Passage: Everyone in the world needs God’s mercy because we have all rejected the truth about Him. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul explained this to the Christians in Rome. He said God’s wrath is being revealed against mankind because humans have rejected the truth about God.

  • Optional: Have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
  • Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Gospel in Romans 1:16

Read Romans 1:18-20.



Study Question: As we read verses 21-32, let’s look for answers to this question: What are the results of man’s sin and God’s wrath in this passage? {Read Romans 1:21-32}

Possible answers include:

  • Their thinking became nonsense/foolish (v. 21-22)

  • God delivered them over to their lusts (v. 24)

  • God gave them over to shameful passions (v. 26)

  • People received the appropriate penalty for their error (v. 28)

  • God delivered them to a worthless mind (v. 29)
  • God gave them over to do what is morally wrong (v. 29)



Connect-the-Dots Question: Verse 18 says people are “without excuse.” What are some of the excuses people give for their sin, and how might God respond?




Count-the-Cost Question: What are some of the uncomfortable implications of this passage?




Let’s-Do-It Question: How does this passage address some of your favorite excuses for sin?




Prayer: Father, teach us to see the world and our sin from your perspective. Thank you for your mercy toward sinners.

 

 

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