September 22- To Eat or Not To Eat: That is the Question (Romans 14:13-23)
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.
You Alone Can Rescue
O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer
God With Us
Be Thou My Vision
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Hui people in China.
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
In this passage, Paul is saying that in matters where God has not given an explicit mandate, we are freeto act according to our preferences without fear of sinning. However, he further says that in the exercise of our Christian liberties we are to be considerate of those who have scruples in those “disputable matters,” lest we cause them to stumble in their faith or, worse, cause them to violate their conscience and sin.
Review and Apply
In verses 1-12 or Romans 14, Paul mainly addressed those who are “weak in the faith.” In the rest of the chapter he focuses his attention more to those who are “strong in the faith.” In this context, what does it mean to be “strong in the faith?”
Are you aware of a time or times when you exercised your freedom as a Christian in a manner that offended a fellow believer? If so, have you repented before that brother/sister in the faith?
Paul says that we are not to go against our conscience. For a Christian, what is the caveat for the statement “Let your conscience be your guide?”
Ask God to give you a greater awareness and sensitivity to other Christians who have scruples that make them “weaker in the faith.”
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