Romans 1:18-32 “Speaking of Sin”

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise when I say that talking about sin is unpopular.  We like to hear about grace and remember that Jesus offers forgiveness, however, we don’t like to be uncomfortably reminded that we do wrong.  Sin is something that we have swept under the rug; it is a subject we seem to avoid at all costs. Yet, despite our avoidance, it is as much a fact as any that sin is a foundational and integral component to the message of the Gospel.

Our reality one of sin.  There are lists and lists of sins throughout the New Testament and one doesn’t have to look far to find out that we are guilty.  We cannot help it, sin is engrained in us and we cannot free ourselves from it. Simply put: we NEED a Savior. You see, without sin, there is no need for a Savior… no need for Jesus.  But thanks be to God, He provides a Savior and Salvation in His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord!

Questions to take home:

  1. Paul talks about the revelation of God’s wrath.  What do you think the term “God’s wrath” means? Where are some places that you’ve heard this term used?  Have they informed (for better or worse) your understanding of God’s wrath?
  2. Read verses 21-23 again.  What do you think Paul is saying here?  How have you tried to put God in a box? What was the result?
  3. There is a whole list of sins toward the end of the passage, all lumped together.  None is given more importance than the others. Do you find any sins you have committed in there?  Have you found yourself trying to justify your sin as “lesser” than others? What does Scripture have to say about that?