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Bible Study on Romans: Religious Hypocrisy: Pt. 2: Romans 2:25-29

Summary: The Jew is condemned because of his religious hypocrisy and because he trusts in the rite of circumcision. A true Jew is one who’s heart has been circumcised before God.

1. A. What is the main issue Paul is addressing in verses 25-29?

B. Why did God give His people the ritual of circumcision? (Gen. 17) In what ways did the Jews move away from the true meaning of the covenant in their actions?

C. What does the Bible say about circumcision for the Christian? (Galatians 5:1-12)

2. A. What does this passage say about the Gentile who obeys the law? (2:14)

B. Yet why do you think Jews consider themselves superior to the Gentiles?

C. How does the religious man today fall into this trap? What are examples of modern religious rituals? How does God respond to ritualistic type ceremonies and behavior? (Jer. 9:23-26)

3. A. What can we learn about what God is looking for from Abraham’s example? (Rom. 4)

B. Which happened first in Abraham’s life—belief or religious ceremony? What can we learn from this?

C. Is there something you are relying upon other than Christ, His work and Person?

4. A. Discuss the use of comparison and contrast Paul uses in vs. 28, 29.

B. How is a true Jew described? What is a circumcised heart? (Deut. 10:16; Deut. 30:6; Jer. 4:4)

C. What would characterize a person with a circumcised heart today? (I Cor. 7:19; Gal. 5:6; 6:15)

5. A. From where does the true Jew receive praise?

B. Why is this important (Matt. 6:4-6; Heb. 4:12)? What is the danger of receiving praise from men rather than God?

C. What is your proper response when someone praises you?

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December 29, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology

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