I don’t remember ever being embarrassed of my dad. He cheered too loudly at my football games. He was a lousy joke teller but would throw his head back and laugh freely, even at his own lousy jokes. He sported an Abraham Lincoln beard long after it was ‘vogue’.
I guess most kids are embarrassed by their dads but I wasn’t, I was proud of him.
“I’m not ashamed of the gospel” said Paul even though for some of us the gospel feels awkward at times. Paul knew the universe-changing power of the good news that Jesus has won for us.
Sermon Study Questions: Romans 1:18-32
- How do you reconcile the wrath of God with what you know about Jesus?
- What does the phrase mean, “God gave them over”? (v.24, 26, 28)
- Tell of a time when you felt God ‘gave you over’ to what you were pursuing. How did He bring that around in the end?
- The problem all seems to start (v.21) with a refusal to worship God or give Him thanks. Why do you think those 2 things are so important?
- Explain v.20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities… have been clearly seen”. How is the invisible clearly seen?
- Do you agree with Paul when he says, “I’m not ashamed of the gospel…” Why or why not?