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14:1-15:7 Welcome Them

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Stephen Johns

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Transcript of 14:1-15:7 Welcome Them

like Christ
Romans 14:1-15:7
Embrace the Christian with differences in Liberty because you have been embraced by the Lord.
Foundational Work: Definitions
Opinions = Liberty Issues
Quarreling = Enforcing my view
Eating or not eating certain meats
vs. 2, 3, 14, 15, 17, 21, and 23
Drinking wine
vs. 17 and 21
Observing certain holy days or holidays
vs. 5 and 6
Liberty Concerns
Health choices
Dress and hairstyles
Tattoos and piercings
Recreational activities
Educational options
Military Service
Political views / voting
Bible versions
Non-Liberty Concerns
Sexual activity
Gender issues
Recreational Drugs
Assisted Suicide
It does not mean addressing, naming, or teaching on them
1. That is exactly what Paul is doing here and in 1 Corinthians 8, Colossians 2, and Galatians
2. It will come up in discipleship (Heb. 5:12-14)
3. diakriseis
means making a distinction in a contentious manner
Structural Support: Who are they?
The Weak
The Strong
Romans 4:19-20

“19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God”
Acts 10:13-16

“13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.”
From Abraham:
A weak in faith person is doubting / not believing the truth of God based on what they see or are experiencing.
From Peter:
A weak in faith person is doubting / not believing the truth of God because of what they think or have been taught.
From 1 Corinthians 8:
Weak in faith = Weak conscience
Their internal moral meter is telling them something is wrong or sinful when it is not
The weak in faith are people who have a conscience that does not agree with the Word on a Liberty issue through misinformation, experience, or lack of knowledge.
The Strong in faith have a conscience that has been trained by the Word on a Liberty issue so that it matches what the Word says about that issue.
Purpose and Use: Welcome Them
Embracing One Another
Romans 14:1

“1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”

Romans 15:7

“7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Unhealthy Personal Space
Welcome like and because of . . . Jesus
John 17:20-23

"20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."
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