At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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February 7, 2016

Romans 14:1-23

Avoid Offenses

 

 

 

Betty believes Christians should abstain from caffeine, but Sue doesn’t see anything wrong with drinking coffee or soft drinks containing caffeine.  Brett thinks it’s just fine to cut his grass on Sunday, but Steve thinks that is wrong.  Esther doesn’t believe women should wear pants, but Pam does.  Tom feels that being a vegetarian makes him more spiritually minded, but Larry enjoys grilling and eating all sorts of meats.

The people described above hold vastly different opinions.  Which ones are right and which ones are wrong?  Which do you agree with?  Do these opinions really matter at all?

Since its very beginning, the Christian church has included people with differing opinions about such issues.  The First Century church was made up of Jews who were accustomed to Old Testament dietary rules, as well as Gentiles who were not.  How can believers with differing opinions about debatable issues get along together in the church?  This lesson will show us how.

Romans 14:1

Who should we receive?

 

Believers should welcome and fellowship with those who are less mature, but shouldn’t become drawn into meaningless arguments or debates about unimportant issues (“doubtful disputations”).

Romans 14:2

What difference of opinion is described here?

 

Romans 14:3

How should the differing believers treat each other?

 

PLEASE NOTE: These instructions concern matters of opinion concerning things about which the Bible doesn’t give specific commands.  In contrast, the Bible clearly says Christians should attend church.  Mature believers should warn those who forsake church of their error and try to lead them to obey God.  Where the Bible speaks clearly our opinions do not matter.

Romans 14:5

What difference of opinion is named here?

 

Romans 14:6

True believers can have sincere differences about how they worship and serve God.  The key here is that we are talking about those who know the Lord, not those who are trying to achieve salvation by their diet or by observing “holy” days.

 

Romans 14:7

“For none of us liveth to ___________, and no man dieth to ___________.”

 

Romans 14:8

“For whether we live, we live unto the _______; and whether we die, we die unto the _______: whether we live therefore, or die, we _____ the _______’s.”

 

One reason we should not offend others over debatable issues is that we don’t belong to ourselves, but we belong to God.

Romans 14:9

Jesus Christ is Lord of whom?

 

Romans 14:10

There is no need for us to judge other believers in debatable issues, “for we shall ______ stand before the ____________ seat of __________.”

 

The Judgment Seat of Christ is the future time when the works of all believers will be judged, for the purpose of gaining or losing rewards (see also 1 Cor. 3:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).  Salvation is not an issue at the Judgment Seat, because only believers will be present.

Romans 14:11-12

What will we do at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

 

Another reason we shouldn’t offend others over debatable things is that one day we will all answer to God for our motives and deeds.

Romans 14:13

What should we not put in our brother’s path?

 

Romans 14:15

Are you walking in love if you eat something that offends other believers?

 

If Jesus Christ died for our fellow believers, we should be willing to sacrifice some of our preferences to keep from offending them.  A third reason we should avoid offenses is that Jesus died for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Romans 14:17

“For the kingdom of God is not ________ and _________; but _________________, and _________, and _______ in the Holy Ghost.”

 

Romans 14:19

What should we strive to do?

 

Romans 14:20

We shouldn’t destroy the work of God for the sake of our personal preferences and opinions.

 

Romans 14:21

How far should we be willing to go to avoid offending our brothers and sisters in Christ?

 

Concluding Thoughts: We should avoid offending or judging other believers in debatable areas of the Christian life.  If the Bible speaks clearly about an issue then we should be dogmatic; but if not, we should strive for peace and to edify one another.

How can you decide if a debatable activity is right or wrong for you?  Evangelist Bill Sturm recommended honestly answering the following five questions about the activity:

·         What does the Bible say about it?

·         Is it harmful to my body?

·         Will it offend my brother?

·         Would Jesus do it?

·         Can I give God the glory for it?

Ask the Lord to help you live in a way that honors Him, promotes peace, and edifies other believers.

 

 

Project: Are you doing anything that is offensive to other believers?  Confess that as sin and stop it immediately.

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