Christian Liberty

Conflict easily arises between those who understand freedom in Christ and those who still feel threatened by certain religious and cultural practices that were parts of their lives before coming to Christ. In matters that are not commanded or forbidden in Scripture, it is always wrong to go against conscience, because our conscience represents what we actually believe to be right. It is also sinful, however, to try to impose our personal convictions on others, because, in doing so, we are tempting them to go against their own consciences.
August 5, 2018
Romans 14:1-12
LakeRidge Baptist Church
Delivered by Raif Turner

Outline
Introduction
I. God Receives Each Believer (Romans 14:1-3)
II. God Sustains Each Believer (Romans 14:4)
III. God Is Lord to Each Believer (Romans 14:5-9)

Bible Text
Romans 14:1–12 (NKJV)
1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

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