Series: Recalibrate | Week 3: Even on My Best Day
Day Two Romans 2:17-29Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.17 You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. 18 You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. 19 You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. 20 You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth. 21 Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? 22 You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? 23 You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. 24 No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.” 25 The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. 26 And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be his own people? 27 In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God’s law but don’t obey it. 28 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. – Romans 2:17-29 (NLT)Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.1. Summarize in your own words what Paul accuses the Jews of in verses 17-23.2. What happens to Gentiles as a result of the Jews' hypocrisy (verse 24)?3. What are the signs of “a true Jew” (verse 29)? Whose praise do they seek?Respond: Use the Respond section of your Recalibrate 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:What Is Hypocrisy?For Families with Kids at Home:In Romans 2:29, Paul says, “A person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” Have a conversation with your kids about what they think this verse means. Here are a few questions to prompt the conversation: What does a changed heart look like? Is it wrong to be praised by people? (No, but that shouldn’t be our main reason for doing something!) What does it mean to seek praise from God?*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.