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Romans 14:1-12

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How far should our Christian Liberties go?

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Intro
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This Section is Large and will take several sermons to cover… Rom 14-1-15:13
please realize this is one section that has several parts...
We will take them by heading but there is bleed-over...
Prayer
God please help us that are strong to not judge the weak as legalistic
Father help us that are weak not judge the strong as licentious
God help us to take every thought captive and to live our lives in good conscience dedicated to you
Grant us the ability to look past the things that are personal conviction to enable us to love one another and you as you would that we ought
Message
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Christian Liberty
Please follow as I read…
Romans 14:1–12 ESV
1 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. 5 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. 6 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. 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.
Rom 14.1
Romans 14:1 ESV
1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Romans 14:1–9 ESV
1 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. 5 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. 6 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. 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.
Right on the heals of Love
welcome the weak
weak in faith?… ?
not in order to convert / quarrel / prove yourself
Whatever camp you are in… welcome the other!
Romans 14:2 ESV
2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.
Rom 14.
Strong = one who eats liberally
Weak = one who eats only vegetables
vegetarians are weak / no protean?
Romans 14:3 ESV
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.
Human Nature
We are the one who is right
We are the one who is Holy
They must change
wrong because of GOD’s Acceptance
Partakers = despise
Abstainers = judge
kosher / idol sacrificed / unclean
Romans 14:4 ESV
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.
Who are you?
James 4:12 ESV
12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Servant = household slave
large offense!!
Servant / Master
body of believers
master is responsible for servant
He will be upheld!
LORD will uphold him
if God has pronounced liberty / consciencisness
Romans 14:5 ESV
5 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.
Sabbath / Festivals
Jews = Sabbaths & Festivals
Gentiles = no such practice
Saturday / Sunday - worship
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Zechariah 7:5–6 ESV
5 “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? 6 And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves?
Galatians 4:9–11 ESV
9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
Convinced - in mind = completely certain of the truth of something!
Romans 14:6 ESV
6 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.
Galatians 4:9–10 ESV
9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years!
Where is YOUR HEART?
Gal 4.
Are you participating for the glory of God?
Are you abstaining for the glory of God?
Human Nature
We are the one who is right
We are the one who is Holy
They must change
wrong because of GOD’s Acceptance
Partakers = despise
Abstainers = judge
piercings / tattoos / alcohol / entertainment / dress code / music
Romans 14:1–12 ESV
1 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. 5 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. 6 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. 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.
1 Corinthians 10:30–31 ESV
30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Timothy 4:3–4 ESV
3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
Romans 14:7–9 ESV
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.
You ARE NOT your own!
licentiousness
licentiousness
licentiousness
legalism
Personal Preference VS Scriptural Mandate
2 Corinthians 5:15 ESV
15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Romans 14:7–8 ESV
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.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Peter 4:2 ESV
2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
2 Cor
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Romans 14:7 ESV
7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 ESV
10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
Romans 14:10–12 ESV
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.
Romans 14.
Judgement / Despising = putting yourself in God’s position = Idolatry !!
Brother = fellow christian…
Despising
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Isaiah 45:23 ESV
23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
Close
Romans: An Introduction and Commentary A. Christian Liberty (14:1–12)

Paul enjoyed his Christian liberty to the full. Never was a Christian more thoroughly emancipated than he from un-Christian inhibitions and taboos. So completely was he emancipated from spiritual bondage that he was not even in bondage to his emancipation. He conformed to the Jewish way of life when he was in Jewish society as cheerfully as he went along with Gentile ways when he was living with Gentiles. The interests of the gospel and the highest well-being of men and women were paramount considerations with him; to these he subordinated everything else.

Romans: An Introduction and Commentary A. Christian Liberty (14:1–12)

What is to be done when Christians of such different convictions find themselves in the same fellowship? Must they start to thrash the matter out, one side determined to convert the other? No, says Paul; let each one be satisfied in his own mind and conscience. Those who enjoy greater liberty must not despise others as being spiritually immature; those who have conscientious scruples must not criticize their fellow-Christians for doing what they themselves would not do. Each Christian is the servant of Christ; it is to Christ that each is accountable, both here and hereafter.

While we who are in Christ are free we are also constrained by Love come back next week to see how Paul leads us through that.
Prayer
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God our father we so often seek to make the church and its people fit our own mold. We so often look at our brothers and sisters who are weak in their faith and despise them. We often look at our brothers and sisters who partake in things we ourselves have conviction not to and we judge them and even question their salvation. How foolish and blind we are. How quick to pass judgement on our neighbor. God grant us your Spirit that we might be transformed by the renewing of our minds that our hearts would be placed in tune with your own. Having the fullness of freedom you have alloted as well as abiding by the statutes and precepts you have so clearly laid out. Let us never move the boundary stone and yet let us always possess the fullness of your promised lands!! To you be the Glory as you transform us!
Benediction
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May the God of all peace satisfy your every need, make you joy to overflow, and give you the strength and power to stand in the day of distress.
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