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Series: God-Shaped Obedience of Faith: A Textual Study of Paul's Letter to the Romans

Bible Reference: Romans 2:11-29

Discussion Questions: 

  1. In your own words, what does it mean to be "under the law?" 
  2. Can you illustrate the principle of being "under the law" with a modern-day application?
  3. What is the fundamental difference between a hearer of the law and a doer of the law?
  4. Why is God so concerned that the heares of the law be doers of the law?
  5. What does Paul mean in Romans 3:20 that "through the law comes knowledge of sin?"
  6. Why would Paul write that "the law is not of faith" in Galations 3:12?
  7. In what way are Gentiles "a law to themselves"?
  8. Why would Paul write that "the work of the law is written on [Gentile] hearts?"
  9. Do we continue to see "the work of the law" written on the hearts of people today?  If so, in what way?
  10. Can you think of other New Testament passages where we see a Jewish sense of superiority toward Gentiles?
  11. Does God's name continue to be blasphemed among the unbelievers because of the conduct of his children?  Why?
  12. What did God mean when he called for his people to "circumcise the foreskin of their hearts?"
  13. What did Paul mean when he warned, "if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision?"
  14. To expand on Paul's point in Romans 2:28-29, what does it mean to be a Jew "inwardly?"
  15. How does one come to be a Jew "inwardly?"
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