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February 11 - The Wrath of God Revealed (Romans 1:24-32)

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 1:24-32

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Sermon Summary 

Last week, we saw the reasons for God’s anger or wrath toward his creation. All of God’s creation have suppressed the truth for their own agendas, rejected his glory to establish their own and inverted his creational design to satisfy their pleasures. What follows the why of God's anger is the how is the anger revealed or the consequences of our rebellion against God. While the wrath of God is a future reality, it is also revealed in the present day through lives marked by dishonor and depravity. In this passage, we see the fruit of humanity's rebellion and the incredible plight of humanity apart from God. Please consider these verse with deep care. 

Review and Apply

What is the fruit of humans who reject worship of the true God?  

Describe idolatry in your own words. What are some examples of idols in your life that you "exchange the glory of the living God" for?

Explain what it means that "God gave them over."

What are some consequences of idolatry in our time?

How does homosexuality invert God's creational design?  

How does the church love those struggling with homosexuality?

How has this passage changed your view on the reality of sin in your life?