SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 14:13-18
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Instead of passing judgement on each other what should Christians be focusing on in their relationships with one another? (V13)
2. How does Paul’s personal conviction affirm the views of both the weaker and stronger Christian? (V14)
3. Identify another Biblical principle that should govern our relationships with other brothers and sisters in Christ? (Vv15-16)
4. What big picture spiritual truth does Paul remind Christians of in verse 17?
5. Why do you think Paul mentions the “kingdom of God” and how is it related to the Holy Spirit? (V17)
6. What word of encouragement does Paul provide Christians with in verse 18?