Week of February 4

Romans: The Power of the Gospel In 2024 we are going to read someone else’s mail.  Paul wrote a letter to the church in Rome and gave one of the best and most thorough explanations of the Gospel of Jesus and details about how to live that out.  He was writing to people who were followers of Jesus in Rome, perhaps the toughest place to be a Christian at the most difficult time to be a Christian.  Perhaps Paul’s letter to them can give us insights into how to live out what you believe when the world is indifferent or even hostile to your beliefs.  Let’s dive into God’s Word together as we read and reflect on Paul’s letter to the Romans.

 Week 5 – Broken by the Law – Romans 2:17-3:8

As Paul continues writing to Roman Christians, some were Jewish, and some had no religious background.  So, Paul turns his attention to people who are very religious and reminds them and us that religious people need Jesus just as much as EVERYONE ELSE.



  • If your house were on fire, what three items (not people) would you try to save?
  • What is your background of going to church?
  • Read: Romans 2:17-3:8.  Spend some time SOAPing this passage.

You can either spend time SOAPing individually and documenting for a several minutes and then spend time sharing with each -OR- SOAP in real time with each other. Either way make as many observations as you can. Make as many observations as you can. What stands out to you in this passage?

  • Looking at this passage or looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching and/or passage, was there anything you heard that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • What is the “law”?
  • Doug said that Romans 2:17-3:8 shows us that “religious people need Jesus just as much as everyone else.”  Sometimes we make focus more on religious practices than our relationship with God. One of the things we were reminded of this week was that when it comes to our faith in Jesus, it’s more about relationship than rituals.  Can you think of a few things people put too much trust in when maybe they shouldn’t?
  •  What is the place of spiritual practices?  Do they have value?
  • What spiritual disciplines or practices have helped you grow in your faith?
  • Are there any spiritual disciplines you’d like to incorporate into your day or do more of during the next few days?
  • How do we keep it from being an empty ritual?
  • What does Jesus say in Matthew 23:25-28 about our core problem?

READ: Philippians 3:8-9.  What does Paul say here that speaks to this focus on relationship over rituals?

What else stood out from the message this week?


APPLICATION TOOL: Spend some time focusing on this passage and the following APPLICATION TOOL and then use it for Romans 2:17-3:8.

(STEP 1) READ: 2 Timothy 3:16-17  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

  • What does this tell us about the Bible?
  • What 5 ways does it say God will use His Word for in our lives?

(Doug showed us a tool we can use that is based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17 for the application of the passage we just read.  Go through each of the 5 questions and craft some statements of application based on Romans 2:17-3:8)

 (STEP 2)  ***TOOL***  5 Application Questions based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

Teaching: “What is the basic truth God wants me to know?”

Rebuking: “What error in judgment, understanding or behavior might this passage be rebuking in my life?”

Correction: “How might this passage correct, balance or redirect me?”

Training: “What does this passage present to prepare me for living a God honoring life or for facing some future challenge?”

Equipped for Every Good Work: “How might this passage equip me for serving God and people?”



Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?  Be specific.

MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory:

Philippians 3:8-9 “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Spend some time praying for each other.

Scripture References:

Romans 2:17-3:8; Deuteronomy 5:1-3; Deuteronomy 28:1-2; Matthew 5:17-20; Luke 22:20; Romans 10:4; Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-19; 17:10-14; Matthew 23:25-28; Matthew 22:34-40; Philippians 3:8-9


If you have any group members not familiar with the SOAPS method of scripture engagement they can scan this to learn more: