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Discerning Liberty: A Springboard to Spiritual Maturity

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Stephen Johns

on 5 November 2017

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Transcript of Discerning Liberty: A Springboard to Spiritual Maturity

Discerning Liberty:
Romans 14:1-15:7
A Springboard to Spiritual Maturity
A Spectrum of Error
Striving for Spiritual Maturity
How do the weak become mature in these areas?
1. Don't violate your conscience
2. Recalibrate your conscience
3. Be committed to becoming strong in the faith
How do the strong become mature in these areas?
1. Don't make the weak stumble
2. Welcome in the weak
3. Be willing to lay aside any liberty
4. Discern when to use your liberty
Steps to Discern using our Liberty
1. Am I sure this is Liberty?
6. How will this Liberty engage with my flesh?
2. Will this cause a Weaker Brother to damage their conscience?
3. Will this lead a Legalist to be confirmed in their legalism?
4. Will this twist the Gospel to the Lost?
5. Can I do this and welcome a Weaker Brother?
Sermons 1&2 (9/10 & 9/17)
Rom. 14:1-15:7
Sermon 3 (9/24)
Rom. 14:10-13
Sermon 3 (9/24)
Gal. 2:1-14, & Col. 2:16-23
Sermons 1&6 (9/10 & 10/29)
Rom. 14:1&15:1-7
Sermon 5 (10/22)
Rom. 14:15-18
With Liberty, our goal is maturity in Christ not freedom for our flesh
Transformed Thinking
Purposeful Practice
6 Key Ways
Thoughts and Desires
The Flesh Fight
Liberty Application
Truth #1

The fight with my flesh is first and foremost a thinking and desire fight.
Galatians 5:16-21

“16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Can I explain biblically why this is a liberty area?

How might this liberty be an expression of sinful heart bents?

How can I tell where the boundaries for this liberty are to know where it is sin?
An Intentional Fight
Make no Provision
Romans 13:14

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
Acts 24:2

“And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation”
Truth #2

The fight with my flesh is about living life intentionally toward Christ instead of self.
Liberty Application
Do I use my liberty without intentionality?
Do I make my first two questions about any liberty issue, how can I love God and others in this?
Free to Enjoy
Living Free
Truth #3

An otherwise non-sinful activity is sin if it enslaves you.
Liberty Application
Do you need this liberty to be satisfied, happy, secure, etc.?
1 Corinthians 6:12-13

“12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
1 Corinthians 10:23-24

“23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”
A Worship War
Living Free
Truth #4

Grateful and balanced enjoyment of liberty glorifies God and can help fight the flesh as we love the Giver because of, and more than His gifts.
Liberty Application
Does this liberty point your heart in gratitude back to God?
Galatians 5:22-23

“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Romans 14:6-8

“6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”
Does this liberty deepen Gospel relationships with others?
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