SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 14:5-12
5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The 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. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For 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. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 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 will give an account of himself to God.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Which example of Christian liberty does Paul provide us in verse 5?
2. What Biblical principle should guide Christians in areas where Scripture does not give clear instruction on what to do? (V5)
3. Regardless of the area of Christian liberty (i.e. meat offered to idols or observance of days) what does Paul say should be the primary motivation that underpins a believer’s convictions? (Vv6-9)
4. What future event should cause Christians not to judge each other’s motives prematurely? (Vv10-12)