Sermon Study Guide
God Gave Them Up
Text: Romans 1:26-27; and Selected Scriptures
Introduction: From the very beginning of this epistle, Paul introduces the theme of the Gospel. Then from 1:18 through 3:20, he explains why we ALL need the Gospel.
Sin’s Downward Progression: Everybody knows God, knows right from wrong, and knows that God judges wickedness.
Rebellion against God and refusing to worship Him.
Reverting to idolatry which plunges the heart into darkness.
God gives the sinner up to follow their ungodly desires (v. 24).
God judges the sin by allowing the sinner to experience the full measure of their sin along with its consequences.
Example 1: Sin destroys your body (vv. 24-25)
Example 2: Sin corrupts natural affection (vv. 26-27)
Example 3: Sin pollutes your mind (vv. 28-32)
Example 2: Paul shows us the depths of our depravity.
KEY THOUGHT: Unchecked sin is, in itself, part of God’s judgment against sin.
I. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS SEEN IN THE PERVASIVENESS OF
SEXUAL PERVERSION IN SOCIETY (Rom. 1:26a)
Shameful desires that are unchecked by the grace of God result in out-of-control sexual passions which are inherently degrading and dehumanizing.
God’s saving grace in believers and His common grace in unbelievers are the only things that keep us from doing all the shameful, degrading things of which we are capable.
II. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS SEEN IN THE UNNATURAL PRACTICE
OF LESBIANISM (Rom. 1:26b)
Why does Paul call this sin unnatural instead of unbiblical?
All you have to know is basic anatomy and animal biology to know that this is not the way it’s supposed to be.
Those who engage in this kind of sinful activity have to work very hard to make their minds conform to their unnatural thinking and behaving.
The Argument of Society: (1) Everyone has misunderstood the Bible because it does NOT condemn homosexuality; (2) The Bible is wrong.
The Bible’s Crystal Clear Condemnation of Homosexuality:
Genesis 19 – destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
Leviticus 18 & 20 – the Law’s penalty for sexual deviancy
Judges 19 – an example of the depths of sexual wickedness in the city of Gibeah.
Romans 1 – Paul describes a number of decadent pagan practices, making it clear that all of these sins (including homosexuality) come from the evil desires of man’s heart and are wrong.
1 Corinthians 6 & 1 Timothy 2 – both passages provide a list of sins that will keep you out of heaven.
Paul chose the sin of homosexuality as his example because it presents a vivid example of the human heart working against reason, Scripture, and nature.
III. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS SEEN IN THE PERVERSE ACT OF SODOMY
Paul condemns all types of homosexual activity.
The penalty for their sin is not only a natural consequence; it is the deliberately ordered decree of a just God punishing their wickedness.
In Their Own Persons
Not only do they receive physical, psychological, or medical consequences from their abuse, but the behavior itself is God’s judgment.
It is not unloving to condemn homosexuality. God does not accept any of us as we are. He does something better than that. He accepts us in spite of who we are, then by His grace, He makes us into a new creation.
Restating Paul’s Point: (1) We are all sinners who need grace; (2) The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so great that it can even transform those who have become locked into the death grip of sexual perversion. (See 1 Cor. 6:9-11)
Conclusion: Never underestimate the transformative power of the Gospel because it can change anyone and anything.