Today is Monday, April 23th, 2018. In Romans 14 Paul begins laying a foundation for how we are to navigate differences (in opinion matters) with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This passage gives us permission to hold fast to our convictions on matters of opinion and to allow room for others who differ. We hope and pray you have a wonderful week!
grace + peace,
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you prefer to eat vegetables or meat?
Almighty God, you teach us in your word that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with all our heart and our neighbors as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
DISCOVER [Romans 14:1-4]
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 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. 4 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.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ In vs. 1 what is the parameter that people are to not quarrel over?
_ In vs. 2 what example does Paul give? Why would someone "weak"eat only vegetables?
_ In vs. 3 what kind of posture are we to take with one another and why?
_ In vs. 4 what is Paul's basis for this entire section?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are you standing in judgement upon any brothers or sisters based on matters of opinion?
_ What would it look like to change your posture towards them?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?