In studying Romans 14, we’ve been reminded that our unity is based upon essential doctrine not preferential opinion. The gospel which transforms our lives, also forms the basis for our unity. God desires that we humbly come together in love around the main things instead of dividing in arrogance over non-essential things. This was important in Paul’s day and remains so in ours.
Our unity is based upon essential doctrine not preferential opinion. We’ll see that the gospel that transforms our lives, also forms the basis for our unity.
“I don’t understand how someone could really love Jesus and still go to the movies, drink wine, or approve of dancing. I mean, are they really serious about the Lord?” Comments like these reveal a reality that has existed from the beginning of the church. The reality that Christians have many differing opinions on issues that the Bible doesn’t explicitly speak to. And as the above quote reflects, sometimes these opinions are very strongly held.
So, how does the church handle things like this? Do we duke it out in the hallway? Do we fire pastors and stiff arm members with whom we disagree? Do we flaunt our freedoms and label everyone else as legalists? Do we start new churches around our preferred opinions? I mean, how can the church work when we bring together so many different opinions on lots of different issues? Well, that’s exactly what Romans 14 is about.
Have you ever started your day and not checked the weather forecast? You sprang out the door thinking it was going to be a beautiful day and soon discovered you were not appropriately dressed? You found yourself caught between two seasons. You were more appropriately dress for the season behind than the season ahead. Thinking of this illustration are you caught between two seasons (or ages/eras) spiritually? Are you more appropriately dressed for the one behind you, than the one your heading toward? Today in Romans 13:11-14 we will see in this text Paul is describing two ages or eras.
We understand that we owe love to those around us. Not just those in our family, church or those we like, but everyone that comes into our sphere of influence. Jesus removes all the debt we are responsible for as it pertains to our sin, but we puts the debt of loving others square on our shoulders.
Sometimes people will seek to ban discussion about the topics of religion and politics at family gatherings or dinner parties. They make these topics off limits because they’re too inflammable…an argument might break out. Well, Romans 13:1-7 is a veritable mashup of religion and politics (or civil authority to be more exact.)As we continue to see how the true gospel transforms our lives, today we look at the change it makes in us with regard to our attitudes and actions toward governmental and law enforcement officials. We trust and pray that you will come prepared to subject your hearts and lives to this relevant Word from God.
It’s in our nature to respond to hurt and injustice with anger or vengeance, wishing those who make us suffer or do evil will “get there due”. However, the Gospel should lead us toward transformation that does the opposite and helps us shun our natural impulses and act supernaturally.
The book in Romans is a saturated examination and exposition of the Gospel life. As Paul continues in chapter 12, he comes upon a list of attributes and commands the should be descriptive of our walk with God.
How does the gospel progressively transform our lives through the Holy Spirit renovation of our minds? Romans 12:3-8 Paul begins his answer by telling us that it will change the way we think about ourselves in light of the community of faith – the Body of Christ. Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers as we explore Community in Perspective in Romans 12:3-8.
Whether we are willing to admit it or not, we are all affected by people and the culture around us. What are you molded by? Pastor Dustin uses Romans 12:2 to show us that we can let the Gospel shape us and fight the influences that are opposed to God’s Word.