Welcome One Another
Mike Bullmore / September 29, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another
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.Application Questions
- What are the issues—issues of culture, custom, preference, etc.—where Christians might be in danger of passing judgment on one another? Are there any of these issues we need to be particularly aware of at CrossWay?
- Which of the four grounds that Paul presents for welcoming one another—God has welcomed, there is real freedom, we all live before God, we will all give account to God—is most compelling to you personally? Why?
- Does the idea of living unto the Lord make you want to re-examine any part of your life?
Mike Bullmore is preaching from Romans 14:1-12 in a sermon he has titled, Welcome One Another.