Hello all, and happy Wednesday! Today we continue with Paul through his discourse regarding judging other people. This passage was particularly convicting to me. I recognize that I have a tendency to judge others quickly and unfairly. This is rooted in self-righteousness and legalism… but I’m working on it, so don’t judge me! I pray that this passage would open our eyes to see God as he truly is, our sole and righteous judge, and ourselves as we truly are in light of this fact. - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Do you feel like you are often judged? How so?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 14:7-12 ]
7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 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. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 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; 11 for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ What does it mean that no one lives or dies to himself? Who do we live and die to?
_ How does knowing that we live and die to the Lord affect our choices and priorities, particularly in the light of the previous verses in the chapter?
_ Why do we judge and despise our brothers? Why do we naturally feel like we have the right to judge someone else?
_ How does the knowledge that we will all ultimately be judged by God affect the way we relate to one another?
_ How does the knowledge that God is our sole judge affect how we live our lives today?
+ 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)
_ Who is someone that you have been an unrightful judge over? How can you repent and make amends with them?
_ What areas of your life have been hindered due to fear of the judgment of men? What are some next steps in moving forward?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?