September 15- Agree to Disagree (Romans 14:1-12)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will continue teaching Singing Together. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
I Want To Be Where You Are
O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer - This is a new song we will be learning
I Will Glory In My Redeemer
All To Us
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Zhuang people in China.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God
Since the beginning of chapter 12, the church has been instructed to offer to God new lives of service to others. This new life is a transformed life where relationships change. Our relationship with God has changed so that it is now marked by mercy and acceptance. Our relationships with one another are marked by humility, service and genuine love. Our relationships with the world around us change, no longer do we avenge but we do good to those who oppose us. Our relationship to the government has also changed, no longer walking in fear but obeying the government because God’s sovereign rule oversees the affairs of man. For our passage, Paul reminds us that because of God’s mercy to us, it changes how we handles differences in life. We can graciously disagree and differ with one another in such a way that honors him and shows the reality of our new lives. Is this needed? Of course. In every church you have differences about how to live the Christian life, with some enjoying greater freedom to walk without rituals, observances and traditions while others feel bound to keep long honored traditions. Where we are tempted to judge others for their views, this text calls us, in areas of common dispute, to accept one another. We do well to consider this as Paul spends a whole chapter on this topic knowing its vital importance in the life of the church
Review and Apply
Over what topics have you disagreed with other Christians? How did you resolve them? Or why did you not?
How would you define 'opinions' or disputable matters in Romans 14.1?
Explain a time where you were either judged by another or judged someone over a difference of opinions?
What are Paul's reasons for not judging others?
How does God's acceptance of a brother or sister help you accept those who are different in terms of opinion, culture or race?
How does the final day help us to not judge another?
Is there anyone in your life that you need to ask forgiveness for judging them?
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