SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 14:1-4
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 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.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Paul introduces us to a Christian who is “weak in faith” in verse 1. What specific example characterizes this type of Christian? (V2)
2. What instruction does Paul give concerning a Christian who is “weak in faith”? (V1)
3. The issue of Christian liberty revolved around whether or not to eat meat that had been offered to idols in the pagan temples. What instructions does Paul give to Christians regarding their personal choices in this matter and how are they to respond to others who may differ with them? (V3)
4. Why is it wrong for the Christian who is “weak in faith” or decides not to eat the meat offered to idols to judge other Christians who do eat such meat? (V3)
5. What stern warning does Paul give to Christians who judge each other in matters not directly addressed in Scripture? (V4)