Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for this week’s questions, Nathan!

1. Think of some failures you’ve endured in your life. How do you typically respond to such situations?
2. When Paul says that we are “just as bad” and do the “very same things” as the people described in Romans 1, what is your immediate reaction?
3. A common criticism of the church by non-Christians is that it is full of hypocrites. Is this critique wrong? What should be our response?
4. Brian used the story of the prodigal son to explain the Jews and Gentiles described in this passage. When you read the story, which character do you identify with most?
5. What does it mean to say that God’s law is “inward focussed”?
a. Is this how people typically think of laws?
b. What did Brian mean when he said that the law is intuitive?

6. Do you ever feel the pendulum swing between a sense of inferiority and one of superiority with respect to the law?

7. Physical circumcision in the OT was an outward sign to set apart the Jews, yet now spiritual circumcision is described by Paul as an inward matter of the heart. Why did this change?