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Questions of Conscience - Part 2

Romans 14:13-15:7, Andrew Love, January 21, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • A continuation from last week
  • Looking at an area of doubtful/debateful things
    • Grey areas
    • Issues that can divide Christians
  • Secondary issues of Christian practice
    • Speaking of the strong and weak Christian
  • Not central matters of doctrine - examples
    • By comparison - fairly minor issues
    • Examples
    • Not just to do with preference - areas where the Bible does not give all the details
      • Guiding principles - e.g. Modesty in dressing
    • Not to be debating about the debatable things but to concentrate on the central things
  • Paul is burdened by unity
    • 14:19 – Let us pursue peace and edify each other
    • 15:5 – Let us be like minded like Jesus Christ
    • 15:6 – To have one mind
  • In issues of difference we must accept our brothers position
    • Example of marriage
  • Last week looking at v1-12 – Three ways to act:
    • Receive
    • Guard your own attitude
    • Be fully convinced
  • Three reason why:
    • Christ has received Him
    • He is doing it for the Lord
    • Christ is our brothers judge
  • This week: 14:13 - 15:1
    • Previously speaking of the weak:
      • Paul is a Jewish Christian
      • Paul is a strong Christian
    • Majoring upon the strong
  • Overview:
    • What is a stumbling block?
    • Why should we not do this?
    • How ought we to act?

What is a stumbling block?

  • When you become another's conscience
    • When you make another follow your practice instead of relying on the word of God
    • You may bring spiritual ruin to him
  • You are offending him
    • You are doing something innocent before God but knowing it is bringing offense into his life
      • It is not for a minority to hold the church to ransom
      • Example from Brazil
      • Example of Timothy and Titus
    • Example of alcohol, eating a meal out on Sunday
  • Paul is convinced by the Lord that there is nothing unclean
    • However, if anyone considers anything unclean, it is unclean
    • Do not force your views on them

Why should we not do this?

  • 14:15b, 14:20b, 14:23
  • Three negative reasons:
    • 14:15b – It might lead a brother to spiritual ruin
      • If a believer begins to violate his conscience he is on a slippery slope
      • He should not follow other Christians
      • Personal example
    • 14:20 – We do not want to destroy the church of God
      • We must allow others freedom to hold their position under the Lord
      • We do not want to harden people to disagreement and separation
      • Sometimes it would be wiser to be silent
      • We do not want to destroy the church of God
    • 14:16 – we may be maligned and our position might be though of as evil
  • Three positive reasons:
    • 14:17 – The Kingdom of God is far greater than any secondary issues
      • It is not about external matters 
      • Example of Baptism
    • This pleases God
      • 15:2
    • Love builds up

How ought we to act?

  • 14:21 - Make a resolution and decision not to do anything spiritually offensive or cause a brother to stumble
    • Examples
    • Consider the other person
    • Follow the word of God
    • Refrain from anything that gives the appearance of evil
    • Not to flaunt our position
    • Give people time - stand in your own faith (14:22)
    • Be selfless

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Romans 14:13-15:7

13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. 14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (KJV)

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