THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: GOD’S JUSTICE Adult/Young Adult Topic: EQUITY FOR ALL
Printed Text: Romans 2:1-12
Key Verses: Romans 2:10-11 (NIV) But glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: It is very easy to judge others, condemning them for doing the same things we have done. How can we avoid being judgmental? Paul taught that God’s kindness, forbearance, and patience lead us to repentance and new life.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: God is fair and balanced in his judgments. He judges things as they are. The Jews wanted to condemn the Gentiles and exempt themselves for doing the very same things. God applies the same standard to the same things for all people. God’s kindness is intended to lead us toward repentance, but the failure to repent transforms God’s kindness into wrath. Humility, not hypocrisy, is the order of the day when we remember that all we, like sheep, have gone astray.
PRAYER: O LORD, help us to learn how to love one another, being mindful that we are all prone to miss the mark of perfection. Help us to be patient and kind to one another in our faults and failures, and give us the confident assurance that we can approach the throne of grace when we have sinned against you and against our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.