The Impartial God [Romans 2:1-11]

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/05/2023

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Romans

Key Text: Romans 2:1-11


The false gospel of moralism. It’s a perennial problem within the church.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans and shows us this problem has less to do with the changing generations and more to do with the sin that plagues the human heart.

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In our passage Paul cuts through the weeds of moralism to expose the coming judgment of God.

For God’s judgment brings reward to the believer… but ought to strike terror in those who are trusting in their own goodness.

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The following are questions to help you think about the sermon, as well as offer a set of discussion questions for family worship, or gathering together in other settings. My prayer is that these questions will allow you to dwell longer, and meditate more, upon God’s holy Word and will be fodder for sanctifying conversations. — M.S.

  1. Some think they will escape the condemnation falling on others.  On what grounds do they deceive themselves? (2:1-4)
  2. Is the expression of God’s wrath against sinful mankind limited to the things mentioned in Romans 1:24-32?  What more is there to the wrath of God? (2:5)
  3. How are some of Jesus’ parables similar to Romans 2:1-11 in driving home a point (e.g. The Good Samaritan)?
  4. What are God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience intended to bring about (godly response)?  And conversely, how do many interpret God’s kindness as granting (sinful response)?
  5. What does it mean that God shows no partiality?  What sort of “partiality” do men often show and why is this truth of God often hard for us?
  6. Is judgment according to deeds salvation by works?  Why or why not?
  7. How would this section of Scripture affect the Jew hearing it in light of the preceding context?   Why can we as “modern Christians” have a similar reaction?
  8. Can one have repentance without faith or faith without repentance?  Why or why not?
  9. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was concerned over what he called “Cheap Grace”.  What was Bonhoeffer’s concern and how does this relate to our passage?
  10. Paul warns us of “treasuring up wrath”.  How is wrath treasured or stored up and what ought we to be treasuring?
  11. Read Colossians 1:22-23.  How do these verses in Colossians confirm the truth that Paul has been speaking about?   How does this truth make you feel?

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