Friday, January 8, 2010

Christ's Righteousness Transforms Our Lives Towards Weak Brothers (Romans 14)

Text: Romans 14

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...
5. In Transformation (12-16)
    C) Towards Weak Brothers (14:1 - 15:33)

Mature Christians understand their liberty in Christ to do those things the Bible does not prohibit. For example, they know they are free to eat meat offered to idols. On the other hand, a weak Christian's conscience tells him it's wrong to exercise such liberties. As a result, strong and weak christians tend to judge each other regarding the exercise of liberty (1-3).  Since Christ is our only judge, believers should stop judging each other about matters of personal convictions which the Bible does not address (4-12). Also, Mature believers, though free in Christ, should avoid exercising their liberty in a way which will cause the weak christian to sin against his conscience (13-23).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.