Cell Discussion Questions for Romans 2:1-3:20

In Romans 1, Paul set out the case against the Accused. Against all of humanity. Against us. Now in Romans 2 and 3, we the Accused make our defense. Use the following questions for reflection and discussion.

1. Read Romans 2:1-4. How does this strike you? How would you respond to Paul if he said this directly to you in a conversation? What, if anything, does this make you consider changing about your life?

2. Read Romans 2:5-11. This is a very difficult and often-debated passage. Compare it to Romans 1:16-17 and Romans 3:27-28. How do you square these seemingly contrary statements? (Note: a study bible or commentary may be helpful here)

3. Recall the four “defenses” from the Sunday talk. Can you list them? (See 2:4; 2:17; 2:25; 3:5). We all tend to try to deflect God’s righteous judgment when we screw up. Which of these defense excuses sounds most like you? How do you respond to Paul’s reply in your case?

4. Read Romans 3:10-20. Do you understand that Paul is including YOU in this group of people? How does that make you feel? Do you get it yet that you are a sinner? Are you getting what it feels like to be the Accused? If not, why not? If so, how does Romans 1:16-17 feel now?

5. Pray together. Let your prayers be one-on-one direct responses to the truth and the power of the gospel.

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