Passage: Romans 1:24-32
The chief sin--the really wicked one--is rejecting God as the center and ruler of our life. That’s the sin that brought on all the corruption, and it’s one we’ve all participated in alike equally.
- The chief sin--the really wicked one--is rejecting God as the center and ruler of our life. That’s the sin that brought on all the corruption, and it’s one we’ve all participated in alike equally. In what ways have you rejected God?
- Possessing a desire innately just shows us that we have corrupt hearts and we need to be born again. You can’t reform your way into heaven; you have to be born from above. The gospel message is not “let the gay become straight” but “let the dead become alive.” What is your reaction to that statement?
- What sends you to hell is refusing to allow Jesus to be the Lord and center of your life, regardless of how that manifests--it might manifest itself in your refusal to let Jesus be Lord over your sexual life; or in your refusal to obey him with your money; or your right to control your career. Where is God not Lord of your life?
- “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:10-15, 23 What is your reaction to this passage?
- Here is the greatest truth of Romans: The righteousness of God revealed in the gospel is not a standard by which he judges sinners, but a gift of righteousness by which justifies them. He is not just a righteous God angered by our sin, but a merciful Father who wants to save us from it, who was willing even to interject himself into our place and suffer his wrath for us so that we could be spared. When you think of the love of God, how is your heart moved?