Sermon Study Guide
God Doesn’t Grade on a Curve
Text: Romans 2:5-11
Introduction: In Roman’s 2, Paul has been giving the “bad news” to the outwardly moral, religious crowd. He opens by telling them they are “without excuse” in verses 1-3; then in verse 4 he accuses them of taking God’s mercy for granted.
We need to hear this because in any given church, there are people who think they are in saving relationship with God, who really are not because they have never understood what the grace of God is all about, nor have they accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord by faith.
In Romans 2:5-11, Paul presses home the truth that everyone is a sinner; everyone is under the just condemnation of God; and we cannot save ourselves or expect salvation apart from Jesus Christ as He is offered in the gospel.
KEY CONCEPT: We often lament how earthly judges fail to punish crime, yet when it comes to spiritual things, we think that the Divine Judge should cut us all a little slack.
I. IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW GOD’S JUDGMENT WILL BE EXECUTED,
YOU WILL PLEAD FOR MERCY (Rom. 2:5-6; Matt. 16:27)
Paul tells us a couple of really stunning things: (1) We are accumulating our own condemnation; and (2) God will judge us by our works, deeds, and lives.
The hope of moral but lost people is that they relatively nice people with good intentions, so God will be relatively benevolent in how He administers judgment.
Jesus and Paul both teach the same truth. We will all give an account of our lives before God, and will be weighed in the balance of God’s judgment. These two passages both stress three things:
The universality of God’s judgment.
The criteria for God’s judgment.
The certainty of God’s judgment.
II. THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD:
GOD-CENTERED & SELF-CENTERED (Rom. 2:7-10)
G O D L Y A S P I R A T I O N S
(Rom. 2:7, 10)
U N G O D L Y A S P I R A T I O N S
Glory – of being conformed to the image of Christ.
Honor – of the approval of Christ.
Immortality – future life with Christ.
Believer’s life is characterized by enduring godliness and good deeds.
Unbeliever’s life characterized by disobedience and unrighteousness.
To be unrighteous, all you have to do is reject the truth of God.
III. GOD IS IMPARTIAL (Rom. 2:11)
The criterion of God’s judgment is the character of people’s lives.
Instead of presuming upon God’s grace we should seek it.
Conclusion: We should live our lives knowing that there is a judgment in the future.