Accept One Another
Accept One Another
Romans 15:7 “Accept (welcome) one another as Christ has accepted (welcomed) you, for the glory of God.
1. Our Mandate: “Accept one another”
Q: What are some reasons the average person won’t befriend another person?
This concept comes after the verses on unity and is key to it.
Q: What does it mean to accept someone?
Definition: Eng – to give admittance or approval…to receive willingly. Grk – “bring into the circle of fellowship with no reservations for non-doctrinal issues.”
Q: How are Christians commonly seen as being “un-accepting”?
James 2:1-9: Favoritism (a type of prejudice) is sinful.
A large issue here is Legalism vs. License.
*Unity happens through diversity. (Lesson from last week)
2. Our Method: “as Christ accepted you,”
Q: What limits, if any, should there be on accepting people?
We must avoid the ditches of Legalism vs. License
Examine Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 & 10:14+
In areas of precept we are to be clear cut. In areas of preference we are to be diplomatic. Explicit vs. Implicit / Clear vs. Vague
*Acceptance should be based on mutual beliefs, not practices. We must never sacrifice doctrine for “unity”!
Present concentric circles of fellowship based on the gospel - cardinal beliefs vs. pet beliefs.
3. Our Motive: “in order to bring praise to God.”
Q: What motivates people to be accepting? (keep peace/look good/lots of friends)
*Our actions must show others what God is like.
We must not set up fences around God’s laws that we equate with God’s laws (making our preferences a criterion of spirituality for others) and we must not live a life of loose sinfulness.
What preferential standards have you seen in our church?
What value do they have?
In what areas are you a weaker brother?
In what areas are you a stronger brother?
If we have areas of prejudice, we need to identify and confess.