I like doing creative lessons for my small group. This is my tricky but I hope answerable questions on Romans 3:1-8. Warning! Sometimes there is more than one answer. The questions are designed to make us look at our assumptions with which we come to the scripture. If any one is interested in my answers, just leave a comment and I will post them.
Lesson on Romans 3:1-8
By Terry L. Pruitt
July 17, 2005
Supporting Texts: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:15a; Psalm 51
Theme: God is faithful to his people though they may be unfaithful with his Word.
Outline Of Romans 3:1-8
Key Words: Faithful/unfaithful, Righteous/unrighteous, Judge
Transition sentences tie the prior topic to content of 3:1-8.
I. The Jews were to be faithful with the Word of God.
II. God's faithfulness is not diminished by their/our unfaithfulness.
A. God is righteous in his Word and in his judgments.
B. Psalm 51:4 is Quoted
III. God's righteousness is contrasted with our unrighteousness.
IV. God is righteous to judge the unrighteous.
1.What was the 'true Jew' in the prior chapter?
A. One whose heart had been transformed in his inner man.
B. Someone who kept the Law.
C. A person who keeps kosher.
D. A person who has been justified.
2. What is the Word of God?
A. Some fables of long ago.
B. Some oral traditions.
C. Revelation from God
D. Words written about the mystic experiences from one culture.
3. What types of knowledge should you trust? (Choose all that apply.)
A. Intuition (A sense that you may not be able to explain.)
B. Empirical evidence (Things you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.)
C. Deduced knowledge (This that are known from reasoning.)
D. Revelation (Special knowledge given from God through his Word.)
E. Authentic Life (Things you trust because of the authentic life of the messengers.)
F. Pragmatism (You know something is true because it works.)
4. How is one faithful to the Word of God?
A. Reads it daily
B. Uses it for self examination
C. Translates it from the original languages.
D. Uses only the King James Version
E. Lives according to its teachings
5. How might somebody nullify a warranty on a car?
A. Change the oil at a Jiffy Lube.
B. Drive it into the Patapsco River.
C. Run diesel in the engine.
D. Bad mouth the dealer.
6.How can God remain faithful when we are faithless?
A. He has to be the one who is faithful since we can not do it.
B. God is faithful because his goodness and mercy are not a response to ours.
C. God is glorified in his mercy.
D. We have no sin larger than the love of God.
7. This verse quotes Psalm 51:4. Why would Paul use the Psalm about David's repentance from murder and adultery to show God's faithfulness?
A. Paul is saying that the Jewish nation is no longer where the throne of David resides. It is now in heaven.
B. Paul is helping the readers in Rome to remember that David was a murderer and a adulterer and yet God blessed him.
C. Paul is reminding the people that David was judged by having his son Absolom rebel against him.
D. Paul is reminding the people that David's son from Bathsheba did not live beyond infancy.
8. In the ESV version there are two questions.
"But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say?"
"That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us?"
Are both statements human reasoning? Explain your answer.
9.It seems that judgment is assumed by Paul in his reference. What do you think most people you know would say about the judgment on mankind?
A. Judgment is just a cosmic boggy man to keep weak minded people on the straight and narrow.
B. Judgment will be the regrets we carry to the grave.
C. Judgment is something we just don't know what will happen.
D. Judgment is where all those evil people will get what is coming to them.
E. Judgment is where God will weigh all our thoughts, words and deeds.
10. If good things come from my so-called sin, is it really evil?
A. God turns our evil to good because he is so powerful.
B. God redeems us from evil, but good and evil are not based on outcomes.
C. Joseph's brothers meant their actions for evil but God meant it for good. Therefore, it was not really bad.
D. This is just a bunch of hogwash. These folks are excusing their sin and they know it.
11. Who is condemned?
A. Paul's disciples
B. Paul and all the Romans
C. Those who slander Paul
D. Those who do evil so that good may come