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Youth Teacher: 3rd Quarter 2016

Youth Teacher: 3rd Quarter 2016

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Youth Teacher: 3rd Quarter 2016

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Apr 23, 2016


Youth Teacher is a quarterly publication used to help the Sunday school teacher discuss issues pertaining to youth ages 12-17. Sections such as Biblical Emphases give background knowledge of the lesson. All lessons include relevant life concerns and lesson applications to help the teacher relate the Bible to the lives of young people.
Apr 23, 2016

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ROMANS 2:17–29


• New National Baptist Hymnal, 21st Century Edition #427 (NNBH #385)

• God’s Promises Bible

• Boyd’s Commentary for the Sunday School


Many people talk about appreciating the world around them but do not demonstrate it with their actions. What causes such inconsistency? The psalmist sings praises that the earth is full of the wonders of God’s creation; but Paul insists that, while some people teach others how to obey the Law and live in ways consistent with God’s creation, they do not obey the Law themselves and do not have it written on their hearts.


1. Paul told the Jews they were not following the very laws they were teaching others.

2. Following God’s laws requires self-reflection from believers.

3. Physical circumcision is not necessary because God is able to transform us.


SEEKERS FOR JESUS: Younger teens struggle to do what is right, even though they know their behaviors are wrong.

TEEN SCENE: Older teens can identify hypocrisy in others quickly.


Paul was dealing with a difficult issue in Rome. The Jews and Gentiles were not getting along, each side claiming to be superior to the other. Today’s passage focuses on Paul’s message to the Jews. He instructed them about what it meant to claim to be a Jew versus what it meant to live like a Jew—that is, a person of God.

A popular proverb is It is one thing to talk the talk; one must also walk the walk. Youth should be familiar with this phrase and understand it, because the meaning is straightforward. It is easy to talk about taking action, but it is often much harder to take action. Students can apply this saying to Christianity. It is easy to talk about the Word of God, but it is difficult to take action and follow Jesus. God, however, does not struggle to act. When God talks about doing something, there is an absolute guarantee that it will be done.

I. Paul Criticizes the Jews (Romans 2:17–20)

Another phrase that students may be familiar with is WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?). Why was this question such a popular phrase? It is because we know that everything Jesus does is the correct response to an issue. We also know that when Jesus does something, it is because that is what He said He would do.

Living a life for Jesus is more than saying words. It is more than talking about the Law. It is more than asking what Jesus would do in any given situation. Obeying the Law of Moses was not enough for the Jews, for instance. Living a life for God means that a person walks alongside Jesus, proclaiming Him to be the Son of God and following His example. Identifying ourselves as followers of God is not enough. Too many people claim to be Christians who go against the Word of God. When someone puts another person down due to ethnicity, gender, age, and so on, that is defying God. When God mandated that humanity be saved from sin, He did not exclude anyone because of his or her body. Jesus’ death was not discriminatory on any basis. He died on behalf of humanity to save everyone from sin. People are not born with hatred like racism or sexism; that is taught. Students should instead be taught to follow in Jesus’ example and to love everyone as He loves us.

II. Paul Calls on the Jews to Reflect (Romans 2:21–24)

Paul challenged the Jews to examine how they lived in the Word of God. Because the Jews had been worshiping God, they had a family history that the Gentiles did not have until they accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. This gave them an opportunity to teach the Gentiles what it meant to follow God’s way of life. However, when the Jews claimed to be a guide for the blind, Paul asked them if they were not blind themselves. If one teaches someone not to steal, then shouldn’t he or she not steal as well? Paul continued to push the Jews to self-reflect on adultery, idol worship, and robbing the temple. He was pushing them to honesty about their own behavior.

It is easy to be a hypocrite, only focusing on the flaws of others rather than honestly evaluating our own sinful behavior. Our knowledge of the Bible does not justify us over others, just as the Jews’ knowledge of the Law did not justify them over the Gentiles. Everyone must take God’s Word to heart and live in obedience. Presuming on God’s favor alone is not constructive and does not develop godly behavior.

When we are not honest with God and ourselves, then we present opportunities for blasphemy. If a person claims to be a Christian, for example, and preaches that marriage is between one man and one woman, and yet has an adulterous relationship (regardless of the other person’s gender), that is blasphemy. Paul asked, You that boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? (Rom. 2:23, NRSV). Claiming to have a relationship with God is not enough for salvation. We should instead submit to His Word and allow His name to be glorified through our deeds as proof that we are His servants.

III. Circumcision and the Law (Romans 2:25–29)

Circumcision is a painful process. Perhaps one of the reasons it is prescribed on the eighth day after a Jewish boy’s birth is because not all of the nerves have fully developed, which means it may be significantly less painful than it would be for an adult. In the ancient world, circumcision was one way to identify a Jewish man, though it was not practiced exclusively within the Jewish community. Regardless, for many it was a way to show that God had marked such men. In the ancient world, to be marked in such a way showed divine favor. In other words, many believed that circumcision was a way to show God’s favor for His chosen people.

However, Paul already proved that this was not the case when he wrote Galatians. Paul scolded Peter for not recognizing that salvation comes through faith in Jesus alone, not from just upholding the Law (see Gal. 2:11–21). It did not matter if a person was circumcised or not. Even if a Jew was circumcised in adherence to the Law, he was likely failing to uphold the Law on another issue. Because Gentiles were not required to be circumcised, though, there were debates about whether or not they were as loved by God as the Jews were.

Word did not spread as quickly or easily during ancient times as it does now. The Romans were bickering over the same issues as the Galatians, so Paul clarified that circumcision is not what makes one a Jew. After all, only boys were prescribed to be circumcised, not girls. That did not mean that God could not save women or that He did not care about them. Likewise, a person can be spiritually circumcised and uphold God’s will. This spiritual transformation is only possible

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