February 4 - Why is God So Angry? (Romans 1:18-23)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
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.
This Sunday, Bryan Launer will begin a 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.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
After introducing the glorious gospel that saves, Paul speaks to our universal need for this salvation. In other words, what makes the gospel so great? Why is such a plan necessary? Paul, in answering the question "Why is God so angry?" reveals that God's wrath is against all because all suppress the truth of his glory and live for themselves. They deny him, are ungrateful and even choose to exchange the immortal God for things mortal, leaving all humanity under condemnation. Paul begins here so that we can enjoy the greatness of the gospel. He wants us to understand first how we are wrong before God before we can understand how to be right with God.
Review and Apply
Distnguish the anger of man and the anger of God.
How would you justify the wrath of God to a non-Christian?
What does it mean to suppress the truth? How have you done this in life?
How does creation reveal God as powerful and divine?
Do all people have a knowledge of God?
What would you say to the one who asks about the eternal destiny of the one who has never heard? Answer from the text.
How does the Bible describe the fool?
What is idolatry and where do you see it in your life?
How does the church help in ridding your life of idolatries?
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