Do Not Cause Your Brother to Stumble
Mike Bullmore / October 6, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble
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. 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.
Sermon Application Questions
- Have you ever been in a situation where you were tempted to sin by other Christians who were flaunting their freedom in an area where your conscience did not feel free? What did you learn from that?
- Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to limit the exercise of your own freedom for the sake of a brother or sister? What did you learn from that?
- Which of the five principles for walking in love did you find most pertinent to your life right now?
- Recognize fellow believers are in different places and do not judge them for being in a different place.
- With love, pay attention, get to know, and be sensitive to one another’s convictions.
- Do not demand others abide by your convictions on secondary matters but do not tempt others to violate their conscience.
- Do not selfishly cling to your freedom.
- Instead, purpose to act in a way that is sensitive to and loving toward others.
Mike Bullmore is preaching from Romans 14:13-23 today in a sermon he has titled, “Do Not Cause Your Brother to Stumble.”