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Liberty out of Love

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Stephen Johns

on 1 October 2017

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Transcript of Liberty out of Love

Liberty out of Love
Romans 14:10-13
Loving the Gospel and others leads us to discern when to lay aside and when to hold on to liberty.
What is a Stumbling Block?
Different Words but One Truth
When a strong in conscience Believer uses their liberty in a way that influences a weak in conscience Believer to violate their conscience in that same area of liberty.
Hazardous Conditions Ahead
The Effects of these Tripping Hazards
Weak or Legalist?
Colossians 2:16-18; 20-23

“16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, . 20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”
1 Timothy 4:1-4

“4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 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, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”
Galatians 3:1-3

"1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?"
Weak are Influenced
Legalists seek to Influence
Weak are Believers
Some Legalists are Not
Weak attitude honors God
Legalist attitude seeks favor from God
1) Is this person acting as an advocate for their weak position?

2) Is this person seeking to instruct others to hold their same weak position?

3) Is this person seeking to influence others through pressure and manipulation to hold their same views?

4) Is this person expressing judgment of others who don’t hold their same views?

5) Do they look to you for leadership?

6) Do they seem interested in studying the issue?

7) Are they willing to accept that others use this liberty for the glory of God?
1) Does this person claim that this particular rule is necessary to be saved or to demonstrate salvation?

2) Do they claim that keeping this rule may not save you but it does in fact please God more?

3) Do you think that abstinence from a liberty is automatically the better position because it pleases God more?

4) Does your heart struggle with the freedom God gives Believers in these areas so you think it would be better for the church or others to give them ongoing guidelines in these areas?
1) Is your attitude in this area that this shows that you are holy?

2) Is your attitude that if others were as mature or holy as you then they would have this same restrictive view?

3) Do you place an emphasis on external evidences that 'may' be sin, or heart motivations that are always sin?
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