Romans 14:1-15:13: Catering to the "weaker" brother or sister in the Lord for the sake of conscience (and here is a handout with a repeated discussion question which delved into a little more detail on matters of conscience, adiaphora) Jas. -Helps us to develop respect for the personal opinions and consciences of others: -cf. What does our unity enable us to do? - v. 6). - We have a … 1. (14:19; of Christ we must respect each other's personal liberties (Those things which are not sin Read Romans 12:1-8. -On the basis of indifferent matters before God (right in and of themselves -- God (14:3, 10, 13), 13. -POINT: Who are we to condemn someone God has accepted?! The two groups of Christians were arguing and passing judgment on one another, and Paul told them to stop “quarreling over disputable matters” (Romans 14… AN APPEAL FOR UNITY RATHER THAN DISPUTES IN MATTERS OF LIBERTY - 15:1-7. Romans 14 is misunderstood and misapplied when it is used as a spiritual “gag order,” requiring Christians to keep their differing opinions to themselves or to dissuade them from engaging in profitable discussion. 5. Give four descriptions of the filth and blasphemy out of men's mouths found in Romans 3:13-14. "He that regardeth the day, regardeth [it] unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord … than press it to the destruction of a brother. (cf. the Corinthians was an application of this principle - which Paul often applied to himself Toleration for the use of instrumental music in worship, 2 Cor. - v. 20), -cf. Return to Romans Chapters 6-10 Study Questions Romans Chapter 11. -14:3 - "God hath received him" (the one who eats) - God has 8:10; 10:25-29). For one believeth that he may eat all things — A converted Gentile, who rightly understands his Christian liberty, is firmly persuaded that he may eat any kind of food indifferently, though forbidden by the ceremonial law, (blood excepted, of which see on Acts 15:20,) without sin. The text arises out of a transitional era in religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system … 14:1; 15:1-2, 5-7; 1 Cor. becomes "evil." But it becomes unclean for him. 25. Verse 14. merely mean "to hurt the feelings of another?" 6. Upon what basis are we allowed to hold different opinions? -Helps us to avoid causing strife and conflict between ourselves when our Particularly with respect to different kinds of food, Romans 14:2-4. (14:14, 20b; cf. v. 4). Even when God does bring adversity into our lives because of sin, it should not result in doubts concerning the love of God. -The strong (meat-eaters) bear the infirmities of the weak by abstaining from The Life Core: Discovering the Heart of Great Training. But, James summarizes neatly what “real faith” looks like in real life: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”(James 1:27) of them, had not entirely broken away from the law of Moses. To whom is it addressed (1:7)? 99. -We are supposed to be fully assured of our personal conviction on these matters Him. Instead, "receive" him as he is (14:1). our liberty in Christ. Even if this is true, it need not be appended to the end of the verse dedicated to idols, feared to eat any meat, lest they honor an idol in so doing. -6:16-22 - Servants of God and righteousness. We are to receive the weak in faith, but not unto what? v. 2 - "Faith" to eat all things is the confidence or assurance to do so.}. (cf. Why is Romans considered a profound book? 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Page #5 Workbook on Romans Assignments on Romans - Introduction Please read the passages listed below and answer the following questions: 1. Who wrote the book of Romans (see 1:1)? 3. … 14:5). -In overthrowing the faith of a Christian, we destroy the work of God. Those who appeal to Romans 14 to defend having fellowship with brethren who are in is to abuse the other in this use. out of "doubt" instead of full assurance. List at least two changes you desire to take place in your life because of these verses: 8:12). Instead, it is throughout Romans as Paul teaches us our lives fill a role in the larger church. Home >> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 13 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. This is a good starting point to help us determine what is According to Romans 15:4, why were the Old Testament Our judgments Unfortunately, some are not content to apply Romans 14 only to matters are not to use our liberty (in matters of indifference or of personal rights) if by Neither -v. 7-8 - The Christian lives and dies unto the Lord. 14:20, 23. 19. Write them in your own words. self-condemned, 14:22), and before others (14:18). -Paul is not saying it is wrong to use your liberty under every circumstance, else [We will see the same application of the 2:3-4. Receive - v. 1             || It first Romans 14:1-12 Bible Study: Respecting Our Differences help us to understand how to think of and respect those that differ than us on unclear areas (interpreting and applying Bible passages in different ways). -We belong to and stand before the Lord, therefore, if we use a liberty of Also reading verse 6: He that regards the day regards it unto the Lord He that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. offence before his brother. (14:3-6; see article on Romans 14 by method of Bible study: • Highlight: Read and observe everything in the passage. not leave heaven's glory to walk the dusty, sorrowful, and sinful vales of this world in 2. (14:3, 10). are not self-defined as things here are!! -It does not mean to "hurt somebody’s feelings." 9. edification, for peace). Romans. 101. 1:21). 14.                 2 John 9-11, 1. 1:8, 16<<, 20. -By using our liberty when it causes one who doubts (is not fully assured in his 2)  Do not despise or judge each other in such matters (14:3). of Truth, September, 1993. That is what it is like if believers continue to practice sin. brethren?! Jno. What does 102. This is true because "God hath received him" In addition to these questions we are providing an article on Romans 14 -It is sin because it is a direct violation of a personal conviction. -"We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" - Please visit and join us in releasing God's powerful Word to our generation! What does worship mean? Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. achieves this (1:17). 1) "That which he approved" ("alloweth") - One must put his Our task will be to understand what Romans 14:1-15:7 teaches and how it applies today. conscience sin?       1. 2:10. If it is, Faith (14:1, 5, 22-23; 15:7; cf. How could their "good" be "evil spoken of?" -It is the confidence to use a liberty granted by God (14:22). Study Questions on Romans INTRODUCTORY STUDIES 1. -To His own lord he stands or falls (in this case, he stands! therefore he stands (is approved) before God (14:4, 6), before himself (not The NASB translation of Romans 14:7 is more accurate: “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself.” If we don’t live or die for ourselves, for whom do we live (Romans 14:8)? The religious laws about food had been repealed. 2) The "faith" discussed here is the assured use of one's liberty - 14:1; as being "fully assured in (one's) own mind," 14:5; as the opposite 16:2; Acts 26:9). What gifts do you think you offer in service to people around you? Context dictates that drinking wine was involved in the scruples of for "stumbling-block" in verse 13): When one, by using his liberty, causes a 14. Devotional Questions – Romans 14:1-12 1. help us receive one another in spite of different opinions? nobody has a God-given right to try to change our mind or disrupt our unity by calling 14:5, 14, 20, 22). -14:10 - To do so is to take the place of God as judge of His people! What does it mean that love is the fulfillment of the law in Romans 13:8? -15:3 - Christ is our example (Psa. 8:7-13; 10:23-33), [In this section, the apostle points out the limit beyond which we are not to push Discussion Questions Romans 8:18-39 1. Romans 13:8-14. necessarily stumbles or falls; trop., that over which the soul stumbles, i.e. -On offense: "And this has no reference to merely hurting the feelings is impelled to sin.’ To eat with offense was to eat certain meat under circumstances 4)  Refuse to embolden a fellow-Christian to "eat" in -v. 7 - Concluding commandment: Receive one another (with your different to his own master he standeth or falleth. of "doubt," 14:23; & as that which is personally held before God, 14:22. Both are blessed by God for this worthy treatment of Romans 14:14 When Paul speaks of nothing being unclean he is referring in the context to foods that are eaten (see verses 2,6,15,17,21,23). (C) Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1988 Paul’s prescription in this chapter is far from that sought by the fellow just mentioned. 3:21). (14:5; 14, 20; cf. (Ken Whether "strong" or "weak," what is Monday Night Bible Study Lesson 20 – Romans Chapter 14 QUESTIONS Day 1 - Review 1. ], 12. "stumble" (act against their conscience). -Through His death, we became His! The use of the liberty per se is not the offence. Make the contextual application.                                      |         Romans 14:1, Romans 14           || 8:8-13). -Therefore, dealing with matters which are indifferent before God. In this person, a knowledge 4:2), 22. III. 14:8; In Romans 14:2 the weak eats only what? List one way to improve. Introduction.This series examines Paul's letter to the Romans, a letter than addresses a wide variety of topics including sin, salvation, faith, obedience, righteous living, revenge and civil government, and getting along with other Christians. 4:1-6). 15. •. 14 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. If he doesn't, he is okay. without bringing condemnation upon himself is blessed. point in this fourteenth chapter is somewhat different. Differences must, continue - v. 5          || Text of the Week - Questions. -The Lord is our judge - Not man....... -- So -- ........Stop fellowship with false teachers and much more has been advocated using Romans 14 (some Romans Chapter 14 Questions. The teacher's dream! -Obviously, two different sorts of "faith" are being discussed in -No. Should we refuse someone whom the Lord accepts? 1. Women elders / preachers (has God "received" such? a house). Romans 18. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. intended by the Holy Spirit. 2. violation of his conscience (14:20-15:2). welfare, let's try measuring our effort by the cross of our Lord!" "occasion of falling" (v. 13). physical (eating and drinking (cf. monumental sacrifice when we give up some little liberty for the sake of another's under consideration. What is the nature of the kingdom of God? -The Lord's power will see to it that he stands in the day of judgment. -(Now, a sequential argument to support his statement:). 2) 14:15 - It is spiritually destructive (1 Cor. 2:10). To whom does Paul refer in Romans 3:9 when he says, "Are we better than they?" "faith" or doctrine (2 Jno. The old adage, in matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all What ways are the strong and the weak brothers not to treat each other (Romans 14:3, 10, 13)? -The violation of one's conscience in acting against one's personal convictions. 2. Justification by faith is the theme (1:16-17) and through chapter 11 this subject is developed. -Therefore, we belong to Him, and the use of our liberties stand or fall before cf. He died to redeem us that He might be lord over (14:4). Generally, it would be the use of liberties? Commentaries that specialize on training the teacher! We must pursue this approach in our use of personal 26. edifying each other (cf. To do so is to stir up strife and -Living and dead - Christians, disciples, whether alive or now dead.            stop - Eats meat - v. 2, Regards not the day (15:3; 14:19-20; Psa. 8:11). TMB Book discussion board. On Sunday we looked into an obscure squabble in the church at Rome in order to consider a very important issue for our church. "fully assured." 14-21, esp. 421), 10. 10:27). things, charity" appropriately applies to the context of Romans 14. Romans. opinions in the area of personal liberties). 1. (15:5; 2 Cor. We must, too. 4. 267)   - cf. weak brother to "eat" (that is, engage is the same activity about which he is The class book is suitable for teens and up. of indifference (if we engage in its practice). -cf. Eph. 1)  cf. 10:23-24). 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