IN THE SPIRIT
a. Circumcision was the outward sign of God’s covenant with Israel. When does Paul state this outward sign is important? _____________ _________________________________________________________
b. Not being Jews, how is this principle still relevant to us? _________ _________________________________________________________
c. How does God view the uncircumcised that keep the righteous requirements of the law? ____________________________________
d. Would you rather be praised by the law or God? ________________ _________________________________________________________
II. WHAT ADVANTAGE (vs. 1-4)
a. Paul has been criticized by scholars as being anti-Jew. Do verses 1-2 bear out this view? _________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
b. What does Paul list as the best benefit of being a Jew? ___________ _________________________________________________________
c. Is God rendered powerless or unfaithful by people’s unbelief? ____________
d. The correct reading of verse 4 is “Let God be found true and every man be found a liar. What does this say about God’s faithfulness? ________________
III. THE CONTRAST (vs. 5-8)
a. God’s righteousness is contrasted by our _____________________.
b. Are we to practice unrighteousness just to reveal God’s righteousness?
c. What slanderous report had been spread about Paul’s message? ____
IV. Application: Paul prioritizes the things that are most important spiritually for all people. What is most important? ____________________________________