Sermon & Small Group Resources
This is the third sermon in our Romans series looking at the first eight chapters of the book. Preacher: Matthew Skelton. Bible Reading: Romans 2:1-16. Download the Small Group Questions, Going Deeper, and Sermon Transcript (PDF).
Next Steps this Week
BIBLE READING: ROMANS 2:1-16
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath , when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.
All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: Who can you share the Good News of Jesus with this week?
- What do you think Australians find most frustrating about hypocrisy?
- How has the experience of hypocrisy frustrated (or saddened) you?
Read Romans 2:1-5
- Who was this part of the letter addressed to? Why did they think they were better?
- Do you think that we can ever be in danger of thinking ourselves better than others?
How can we be on guard against this?
- How were people in effect ‘condemning themselves’ as they passed judgment on others?
- What are the things that you do (or think) that you are tempted to excuse yourself from while condemning the very same things in others? What is the remedy to this?
- What does hypocrisy show contempt for? Why do you think that is the case – try to think of a really practical example of hypocrisy.
- What is the point of God’s kindness? How could we reflect that more in our lives?
- Do you think that you can ever suffer from a stubborn and/or unrepentant heart? What does Paul suggest is the best way to let our stubbornness abate and our unrepentant hearts turn to God?
Read Romans 2:6-16
- What does a stubborn and unrepentant heart lead to? How have you known this to be true?
- Why does our behaviour matter? Does this mean that we are saved by works?
- How does God’s judgment show that – on our own merit – everyone would be condemned?
- How does this reality so clearly point to our need for the Gospel? (see Romans 1:16)
Read Ezekiel 36:24-26
- What is the amazing promise that Ezekiel writes about here? How do we know that to be true?
- Even though we have the gift of the Spirit, why must we still delve into God’s Word to seek his direction, guidance, and will for our lives?
- How is the Good News of Jesus the ultimate answer to our hypocrisy? How does the Good News free us both from the burden of our guilt and the desire to judge others?
APPLY (this week): What are potential areas of hypocrisy in your life that you need to address?
Gracious God, we thank you so much that you love us and have done everything to set us free. Please show us our hypocrisy, that we might repent of it and live consistently for you. Please empower us with your Spirit that we might share your Good News with the world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
- ‘The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector’ by max7.org
- ‘The power of Grace and Mercy’ (for teenagers) by John Mendis
- ‘The Moralist is in need’ by Ian Bentley
- ‘The Verdict of God’ from Holy Trinity Doncaster
- ‘Romans 2:1-16’ by Dick Lucas
- ‘God is Fair’ by Mike Paget
Watch this video to discuss God's equal love of people. God doesn't pick favourites!