Today is Friday, April 27th. In this passage, Paul uses food as an example to explain to us that that way we live should be consistent with what we believe. The choices we make in our daily routines should reflect our love for God and our desire to honor Him. - Emma
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What are some specific ways in your life where you can encourage others (or yourself) rather than finding fault?
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 14:20-23 ]
“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.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ Is there something simple is your life the enemy is using to try to destroy the work of God? (v 20)
_ Is there something neutral in your life that is becoming bad because it is causing you or someone close to you to stumble? (v 21)
_ Are you making decisions based on what is between you and the Lord or based on pleasing others or earning respect from others? (v 22)
_ What in your life is not coming from faith? (v 23)
+ 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 in your life can help you identify what is from faith in God and what is not?
_ Are you passing on encouragement or judgment?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?