Dig into Romans with Me (Week 5-Romans 1:21-23)

Has anyone ever insinuated that you were naive or uneducated because you were a person of faith? Or perhaps you didn’t mention your faith to avoid their disdain or disapproval?

I have a feeling that this was a struggle that the Roman Christians were experiencing, and Paul wasn’t pulling any punches about the reality that faith in God was truth. He used words like fools, silliness, confusion, and trivial to describe the thoughts and purposes of those who tried to mold God into their own image. “Don’t be like that!” was Paul’s strong message.

What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

Romans 1:21-23, MSG

What specifics information does Paul write to us in these verses? Chart what you learn about:

PEOPLE WHO DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE GOD. How do they act toward God? What was the result?

GOD. What adjectives does Paul use to describe God?

IDOLS. Although people didn’t accept the knowledge of God revealed in creation, they used representations of created things and turned them into Gods.

What are God words for you today out of Romans 1:21-23?

BIBLE DOODLE: Perhaps the following questions will help you as think about what to doodle about these verses:
In what way are we “know-it-alls” that spout foolish ideas about God today? What kinds of idols do we focus on that block our relationship with God?

Once again, check out my responses tomorrow and let me know what you’re thinking in the comment section.

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