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Loving what Christ loves . . . leads us to . . . act as Chri

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Stephen Johns

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Transcript of Loving what Christ loves . . . leads us to . . . act as Chri

A Journey to a Better End
Romans 14:19-15:7
Loving what Christ loves

leads us to

act as Christ acted

for the glory of God alone

Loving what Christ loves

leads us to

act as Christ acted

for the glory of God alone
A Dysfunctional Church
Romans 14:3-4

"3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand."
A Closing Reminder
Commands where we are Weak
Commands where we are Strong
1. Don't judge when others are strong
2. Don't violate your conscience
3. Recalibrate your conscience
Romans 14:3-4 and 10-13a
Romans 14:5-9, 14, 22b-23
Romans 14:14
2. Don't despise when others are weak
1. Welcome in the weak
Romans 14:1
Romans 14:3, 10
3. Lay aside your liberty for the weak (or the Gospel)
Romans 14:13, 15-21
19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.
21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Romans 14:19-15:2
Don't violate your conscience
Don't cause a brother to stumble
In areas of weakness:
In areas of strength:
Psalm 69:7-9

"7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons. 9 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me."
Encouragement for the Strong
Pleasing Whom?
Galatians 1:6-10

“6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Galatians 2:3-5

“3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.”
Galatians 2:14

“But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Psalm 69:9

“For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.”
Build them up
Bear their burdens
A United Purpose
Encouragement and Endurance for the Weak
Practical Reality
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