Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor
Key Text: Romans 2:12-16
SBC Host: Paul says that God is not partial.
Avg Guy: How can that be fair?! I mean, don’t you think the Jews had an inside edge with Moses and all those prophets directing them? What advantage did the Gentiles have??
SBC Host: That’s a fair question.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans in which find an answer to this question.
For in our passage we find the standard that God will hold man accountable to.
…And how God will account for those who have been given less.
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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.
On what basis will God judge those who never knew the law of Moses? (2:12-15)
Will Jews (or Christians) escape condemnation just because they have God’s Word and agree with the law of God found in it? (2:1-3, 13)
How much does God know of what we do, of what we think in our hearts? When you think of God’s knowledge, how does it make you feel? (2:16)
Is the message of judgment a preparation for the gospel or part of the gospel? (2:16)
In Romans 2:1-16, what three key truths regarding the day of judgment does Paul introduce?
How is the doctrine of justification by faith alone, without works of the law (Romans 3:20-21) relate to our passage in Romans 2:12-16? Is Paul speaking hypothetically or even contradictorily in 2:7 and 2:10 about being rewarded for good works?
Is Romans 2:12-16 teaching that our good works is the basis of our salvation? Why or why not? If not, what is the basis of our salvation?
What is the conscience and what does it mean to have a “seared conscience”? (2:15; cf. 1 Tim. 4:1-2) Do all men have consciences?
Is the conscience the law of God written on men’s hearts? If so, isn’t this the promise of the New Covenant, and thus, for members of the New Covenant with Christ only? (Jer. 31:31-34)
If man is judged by what he knows then is there any advantage to having the written law (Ten Commandments) instead of conscience? Isn’t to know more to be judged more strictly?