(1) Walk Thru The Word:  Romans 14: 1-4  (ESV)

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, & Making no provision for the flesh

1As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.2One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3Let 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. 4Who 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.

(2) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 14: 5-9  (ESV)

5One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The 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. 7For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8For 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. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

(3) Message map Rom. 14: 1 – 23 “Being Committed To Christ is The Foundation of Faithful, Friendly Fellowship  (The Book of Romans: Session 23)

Following Christ Fulfills Faithful, Friendly Fellowship

The Book of Romans: Session 23

Following Christ Fulfills Faithful, Friendly Fellowship

  1. Rom 14: 1 those in the faith can be weak From Wallowing in Works, and should be welcomed 
  2. Rom 14: 2 The Works We Tend To Wallow In Include we get proud of whether or not we … eat, Worship
  3. Rom 14: 1, 3-6 Our Acceptance & Fellowship should Be based On Bible Commands & not Convictions over Opinions
  4. Rom 14: 7-9 Let’s give grace to those truly in the faith to let them serve god their way

(4) Rom 14: 1 We should welcome those Who Are Weak in faith From Wallowing in Works.

The Weak in Faith Wallow in Works

(5) ROMANS 14: 1 the Weak in Faith Should be Welcomed & Accepted

We are commanded to welcome /accept the weak, which means

(6) ROMANS 14: 2 The Works We Tend To Wallow in Produce pride over what we do and do not do  

Rom 14: 2 The Works We Tend To Wallow In Produce pride over what we do and do not do …

Performing Our Preferences puffs Us Up with Pride. (Prov 8:13, 11:2, 16:8. Jas 4;6 & 1Pet 5:5)

When we are focused on our preferences & convictions, our eyes are on …

So if we are works or performance oriented we tend to make needless ungodly comparisons of ourselves with others. (1 Cor 2:10-14 10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual  14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

(7) ROMANS 14: 3-6  Our Acceptance and Fellowship Should Be based On Bible Commands & Not Convictions Of Opinions

Rom 14: 1, 3-6  Our Acceptance and Fellowship should Be based On Bible Commands & not Convictions Of Opinions

(8) Jude 1:3-4 We must Contend for the faith

We must contend (struggle upon, appropriately, with skill and commitment in opposing whatever is not of God’s persuasion) for the faith or get compromised (accept lower standards by weakening a principle resulting in danger by indiscreet, foolish, or reckless behavior, making the function, administration and operation vulnerable and less effective) (Exodus 18:20, Deut. 4:2 & 40, 5:33, 8:1, 30:16, 19 & 20, Lev. 18:5,  Psalm 105:45) 

Jude 1:3-4 = If We Don’t Contend for the faith we get compromised (See Next Slide on Commands, Convictions

Jude 1:3-4 3Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary (needful, unavoidable) to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

(9) The Basis for Faithful, Friendly, Flexible Fellowship

While we can associate with anyone at work, at play, and when engaging in hobbies, events etc… we only can have intimate fellowship with those who are of precious like-minded faith.   Essential Biblical Truths and Commands are immutable absolutes, irrefutable doctrines of Biblical certainty that provide necessities & essentials for all believers, about which there can be no compromise.  These include … Click To Tweet

Faithful means it must 

Essential Biblical Truths and Commands are immutable absolutes, irrefutable doctrines of Biblical certainty that provide necessities & essentials for all believers, about which there can be no compromise.  These include …

convictions should be formed from Biblical Evidence but about which there is lacking Biblical Certainty

choices should be informed by conscience.  Choices include style preferences that suit our personality. 

Personal Confidences, Preferences, Persuasions & Opinions

(10) Contending Is Not Contentiousness

We Either Contend for or Get Compromised regarding The Essentials of True Christian Faith

Rom 14:5b Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 

This insinuates we should not be trying to force people to agree with our convictions and choices.

Rom 14:1 1…But not to quarrel nor pass judgment over “opinions. (self-based reasoning which can be confused and prejudiced.)

2 Timothy 2:14 – NLT Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting (quarreling/wrangling/stive) over WORDS (to be disputatious on trifles — strive about words). Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

2 Timothy 2:23  But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.

5One person esteems (considers, regards, makes what for them is an intelligent comparison and contrast based on God’s word) one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike.

(11) ROMANS 14: 5  Contend over Essentials not Expressions 

Contend over essentials not  expressions 

(12) Let’s give grace to those truly in the faith to let them serve god their way

(13) Geese Get It Right!  

Like geese we too can  coordinate effectively by ..:

By working together each goose flies 71% farther!  So the effect of the coordination is plus 1.71 x the number of geese in the flock.

The lead goose is the “windbreaker.”  When fatigued he/she drops to the rear where the lift of the other birds makes flying much easier.

The geese honk to encourage each other, especially the wind breaker.

If one is injured, two drop down with it, to protect and nurture it.  Once able to fly they work together to catch up with the flock.

The 3-D Leader: pages 244-245

(14) These 4-R’s Help Teams Transition to Triumph

   Realize         what your convictions & style choices are

   Respond      appropriately to other’s convictions & choices                                

   Respect       their views and how they process information, and what influences their choices.

   Reconcile    when we fail to meet all of each other’s expectations.

(15) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God may grant us the grace to faithfully

fulfill Your plan for us to participate in faithful, friendly, flexible fellowship

Luke 10: 27 27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Deuteronomy 30:6  And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Matt 22:37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Mark 12:30 30and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  

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