Anticipating Objections

Series: Recalibrate | Week 3: Even on My Best Day

Day Three Romans 3:1-8

Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.

1 Then what’s the advantage of being a Jew? Is there any value in the ceremony of circumcision? 2 Yes, there are great benefits! First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God.

3 True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? 4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him,

“You will be proved right in what you say,
and you will win your case in court.”

5 “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.) 6 Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world? 7 “But,” someone might still argue, “how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?” 8 And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Those who say such things deserve to be condemned.
– Romans 3:1-8 (NLT)

Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.
1. What logical questions have likely been raised by Paul’s audience after chapter 2 and how does he answer them (verses 1-2)?
2. What do you learn about the character of God in verses 3-4?
3. What two questions does Paul anticipate and respond to in verses 5-8? What do these questions reveal about the heart of the questioner?

Respond: Use the Respond section of your journal to answer the following application prompts.
1. What does this passage teach me about God?
2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?
3. What should I do in response and when?

For Further Reading:
The Faithfulness of God

For Families with Kids at Home:
One of the hardest lessons for our kids to learn is that famous saying, “Life isn’t fair!” Ask your kids about the last time they experienced something that was unfair. Follow up with a conversation about how we can take comfort in the fact that we serve a God that, as Paul points out, is completely fair. And one day, He will make everything right and fair again!

*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.
**TPCC does not necessarily endorse all For Further Reading/Learning sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.