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The Consequences of Rejecting God, Part One

February 1, 2015 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Romans: The Gospel for God's Glory

Scripture: Romans 1:23–1:27

Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Romans 1:24-27
The consequences of rejecting God, part 1
God gave people over to same sex sin because they rejected His truth and worship


1) Since people exchanged God’s glory for idols, God gave them over to immorality, 1:23-24.
What does Paul say is the reason God gave people over to their sin? What does it mean for God to give them over to their sin? How does God’s giving people over to their sin (24, 26, 28) relate to 1:18, “the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness of people…”?

2) God gave people over in their desires to immorality-the shaming of their bodies, 1:24.
Paul says God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity. How does this make clear that this is not about God “making people sin”?

3) God gave them over to immorality for they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, 1:25.
Paul further explains the reason God gave people over to their sin. What is the truth they exchanged for a lie?

4) God gave them over to immorality for they worshiped creation not the Creator, 1:25.
How does the phrase “they worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator” describe what happens when they exchange the truth of God for a lie?

5) Therefore God gave people over to degrading passions, 1:26.

6) Women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, 1:26.
How does same-sex sexual relations reflect the truth & worship exchange Paul has described?

7) Men left natural relations with women and were inflamed in desire for each other, 1:27.

8) Men committed shameless acts with men and received the penalty for their error, 1:27.
What does 1:26-27 say about God’s view of same-sex sexual relations? What does 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 say about accepting being “gay” as a Christian? What is the hope in this text for Christians who still struggle with same-sex attraction?

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 — 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

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