Scripture Reading: Romans 1:18-32
Man was created with a conscience that provides the ability to distinguish what is right and what is wrong according to the word of God. But man attempts to pervert God’s ways through many devices, such as the suppression of truth and the perversion of that same truth. God is patient to His people and waits for them to return to Him, but once God is totally rejected the wrath of God is revealed in these scriptures. Paul lists a number of the sins that are examples of what these rebellious people commit. This text is one of the most damning in the Bible. It describes that man has the inner knowledge of God and of sin, and from within man knows that God hates and judges sin. That man despite this knowledge persists in sin, even so far that man eventually condones, then approves, and rejoices in the sin of others and finally man joins in those sins; rejecting all the knowledge that God has provided to man through his conscience.
- Why it is so hard for a sinner to recognize sin in their life? Does that recognition get any easier after baptism, conversion, or altar call experiences?
- Romans 1:18 gives a brief description of God’s wrath and against whom it is revealed. How does this wrath differ from the sinful anger or violent temper condemned by Scriptures? Against whom is it revealed?
- What all do we learn about God from Romans 1:19-20? What truths are revealed about Him that gives man no valid excuse of ignorance?
- Discuss the four ways stated in Romans 1:21 in which men reject God. How does this relate to what is stated in Romans 1:18?
- What happens when man substitutes his own philosophies and religions for God’s truth (Romans 1:22-24)? What is God’s response to this?
- When Paul refers to women being used against nature, to what is he referring in Romans 1:26?
- What is the final thing that God “gives man over to” in Romans 1:28? Having done this, what is the only natural progression for man?
- Examine the list of sins as given in Romans 1:29-31. What do they tell us about a debased mind? How many of these same sins do you see in the world today?
- When we think of the wrath of God we normally think of a future judgment. However, Romans 1:18 states that God’s wrath is now revealed. How is this wrath revealed and evidenced in Romans 1:24-32?
- We have often heard the expression that people are basically good. What have you learned from Romans 1:18-32 that would give you evidence to the contrary?