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A Gracious V

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Stephen Johns

on 24 September 2017

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Transcript of A Gracious V

A Gracious View of Others
Romans 14:1-4
Unity in the strain of Liberty requires viewing those different from you with the eyes of Christ.
The Strong
The Weak
Unmasking Despise
What is it?
Diagnostics of Despise
Seeing the Weak like Christ
Gospel Value
There is a gracious view when you realize that God is being honored by the other group.
They are honoring the Lord 14:6
They are brothers 14:13, 15, 21
There is a gracious view when you realize this is family time before the same Father.
They are neighbors
15:2
There is a gracious view when you realize that these are the people God has called you to dwell with not just now but for all of eternity.
Unmasking Judgment
What is it?
James 4:11-12

“11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 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?”
Leviticus 19:16-18

“16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Diagnostics of Judgment
Why Judgment?
Seeing the Strong like Jesus
Gospel Value
It is an attempt to exert control over others
It can be an expression of jealousy
2 Corinthians 12:20
2 Peter 2:1
It verifies their sense of self-righteousness
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