Abide in Truth is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Emmett and listeners can tune in every weekday at 10:30 am and again at 5:45 pm. Mike Hughes is the teaching pastor at CC Emmett and each week he looks to go through God’s Word, book by book and chapter by chapter. We are currently going through the book of Romans in a series entitled Amazing Grace. So grab your Bible, turn up the volume and follow along with us.
In our culture today, almost any topic that can be discussed has divided the population and what the correct opinion on that topic is. This problem is not one that the church has avoided. Even the church is divided on many issues, from clothing to what music is sung during services. However, such issues should not continue to divide the population, especially the church. This week, Pastor Mike takes us through Romans 14:1-13, which reminds us not to quarrel over opinions.
Section Text (ESV)
14 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.
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. 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.
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