The business of … If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Many decisions in the Christian life don't come with absolute, yes-or-no, one-size-fits-all answers. 28:19-20). None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. First, he deals with differences of opinion regarding rules about food and days (14:1-12). Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? II. (V) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God. We see from this that the points of dispute that were causing division were matters of little importance. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. On major issues, God's Word is clear. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God;(G) and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another;(F) another considers every day alike. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. The Message Romans 14. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! Christ commanded His followers to baptize every new Christian (Matt. No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity. First 30-days on us! January 27, 2020. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. So tend to your knitting. Romans. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. 10-12). All rights reserved worldwide. (W) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,(X) but of righteousness, peace(Y) and joy in the Holy Spirit,(Z) 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. (Romans 14:1 NIV) That is very plain, isn't it? Or why do you treat them with contempt? In chapter 12 the language changes and from a discussion of “doctrinal” themes Paul moves to a consideration of some “practical” matters. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. Scripture: Romans 9:30–10:4. Romans 14 does not say that Christians should go against their own conscience in order to accommodate believers who disagree. I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Scripture: Romans 14:23. (B) 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt(C) the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge(D) the one who does, for God has accepted them. Messages. God, after all, invited them both to the table. Glance through many Christian social media sites and you often discover a critical spirit surfacing and a judgmental attitude being fostered and yet Paul spends much of his time urging brothers and sisters in Christ, to live together in godly harmony. The Message Deluxe Gift Bible, Black/Slate Leather-Look, My First Message: A Devotional Bible for Kids, The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional, NIV & The Message Parallel Study Bible Personal Size, Italian Duo-Tone, Dark Caramel/Black Cherry, The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible, softcover. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? (I) 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life(J) so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.(K). 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? Paul's full and thorough presentation of the gospel in Romans, places the Christian pilgrim on a firm foundation. Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. Accept him, but not for the purpose of arguing with him. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. 2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. John Piper Aug 24, 1980 434 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Try It Now. Spiritual. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. The Weak and The Strong. Cultivating Good Relationships 1Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33. And then he presses in even deeper, s… And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 1. 10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. The motto of the Christian should be: “Compassion without compromise.” Romans 14:19, ESV: "So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding." But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with - even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Scripture: Romans 14:16–19. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Among them was vegetarianism (a subject not dealt with in the Old Testament). To the same purport (Romans 14:21) he recommends it to our care not to give offence to any one by the use of lawful things: It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine; these are things lawful indeed and comfortable, but not necessary to the support of human life, and therefore we may, and must, deny ourselves in them, rather than give offence. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 14. Romans 14. (AA), 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(AB) and to mutual edification. Paul (the writer of Romans) uses food as an example in these verses. Messages; About. (T) 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. By His living unto us. Scripture: Romans 9:30–10:10. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Do not reject him; do not ignore him; do not treat him in a second-class way. 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. 23 But whoever has doubts(AI) is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Hi, ... and actually resulting in blasphemy of outsiders against the Christian message. 6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Believe in Your Heart That God Raised Jesus from the Dead Easter Sunday. One example of how Romans 14 can be misapplied in this way concerns the centuries-old debate over baptism. In the early church, Christians often disagreed with each other and created problems for one another. This He has done and still does. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. January 27, 2020. Treat them gently. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. (P), 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(Q) on one another. Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin. 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. To be one with Him. It brings us, step by step, into spiritual maturity and holy living. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Home; Messages; Thursday Evening 2012-2013 Study; Romans 14 Share Facebook Twitter link Copy Link Romans 14 Jeanie Cox • Mar 21, 2013. Romans 14:17(NASB) Verse Thoughts. (E) To their own master, servants stand or fall. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. 3–8) to how that solution applies in a practical way among God’s people (chs. (AC) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Calvary Baptist Church. But the application is to many more things than just food. John Piper May God help each of us to inhale the fragrant vapors of Romans 14, to digest the principles of this magnificent narrative, and thus be willing to divest ourselves of our petty inclinations of self-interest for the ultimate goal of a larger population in heaven. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. Romans 14 says this is his right (verse 6) and that the other members at North Road must not look down upon him for doing so or force him to violate his conscience (verse 13). None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s worth asking ourselves whether t… That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. All governments are under God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn(AH) himself by what he approves. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? Romans 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. Romans 14:5 5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. 15 If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don't eat, you're no longer a … Aug 24, 1980. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. So tend to your knitting. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. (L) For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It develops in us a steadfast faith with a Christlike attitude towards others. Commentary on Romans 14:7-13 (Read Romans 14:7-13) Though some are weak, and others are strong, yet all must agree not to live to themselves. 14:14-18 Christ deals gently with those who have true grace, though they are weak in it. (AG), 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. The second half of Romans 1 tells us of God’s righteous wrath upon unbelieving Gentiles (Rom. If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. 13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. ... 14 I'm convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. In order to answer our question let’s briefly notice what the Roman letter is about. I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. What does Romans chapter 14 mean? Romans. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Key Passage: Romans 14:1-15:13. 4. 19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? 17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. HOW THIS IS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. Romans 14:14 I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. Romans 14. Romans 14:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Preaching Zeal That Accords with Knowledge. Browse Sermons on Romans 14. (AD) All food is clean,(AE) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. Romans 14 tackles an issue as relevant for the modern church as it was for Roman believers in Paul's era. 1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. So live responsibly as a citizen. 2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. 1:18–32). Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning! Dave Riddle - 1/26/20. First, let us notice the context. Romans 14:8 If we live, we ... To use the mouth to speak for Him, the hands to work for Him, the feet to carry His messages. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Conference Message. The letter to the Romans itself recounts much of global redemptive history. Ebook: Lord of Glory. 22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables” (verses 1 and 2). 14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. John Piper Feb 21, 2001 10 Shares Sermon. , they have their own master, servants stand or fall decisions in the church. 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