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.
As Christians, we need to be aware of who is around us. The reason for this need is that some of the actions we may partake in ourselves, other Christians might find to be very sinful. There are so many things in life that are not specifically discussed in the Bible and are therefore left up to each person to decide whether those things are acceptable or not. Pastor Mike uses the example of using various tobacco products. Although using those items is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, there are many Christians who believe that using such things is sinful, while other Christians do not see any issue with it. Since the Church is such a diverse group of individuals with their own opinions, each Christian should strive to be aware of the feelings of their brothers and sisters in Christ, so that no one is lead astray by the actions of another. This week’s sermon focuses on Romans 14:14-23.
Section Text (ESV)
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. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
Related: Grace & Truth–Romans 14: Gray Areas