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February 18: The Perils of Hypocrisy (Romans 2:1-5)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

Brandon Jordan will continue his class on the doctrine of vocation at 10:00am in the youth room. This is a 10 week study discussing the doctrine of vocation and in particular how it deals with the gospel in our "workplaces." Are all jobs the same (sacred and secular)? What does our work ethic/interaction with coworkers reveal about our view of the gospel? We will also have some of our own members here speak about their work and how the gospel is applied. Over 10 weeks we hope to answer these and a few more questions that will allow us to find greater purpose in what we do day to day. 

Bryan Launer will continue his class on Understanding the Heart in Adult 1 at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. The first four weeks will be identical to his class in the Fall, but the second half will include a case study on anxiety. 

Romans 2:1-5

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

Sermon Summary

We have seen that Paul is eager to preach the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation for all who believe. Further, Paul explains that in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We can be made right with God in Jesus. The is good news especially in light of verse 18 where we see the wrath of God is also revealed from heaven against all sin and ungodliness. This sin and ungodliness is not just the idolatry and immorality of the Gentile world but also revealed against the sin of self-righteousness or hypocrisy which exists among the religious and the ‘critical moralizers’ who profess high standards and apply them to everybody but themselves. As the end of chapter 3 will show, both Jew and Gentile are under the wrath of God. This is what makes the gospel so precious. He has come to save the hedonist as well as the moralist. But we must see it.

Review and Apply

What does Paul prohibit when he condemns passing judgment?

What is right judgment? (John 7:24)

What are the consequences of judging others?  

Where is the sin of self-righteousness exposed in your life?

What do these verse teach us about the patience of God?

How does God's kindness lead us to repentance (even now)?

In what ways do you presume upon his kindness?

How does the gospel lead us to repent of religion?