Today begins Week 8 of our church’s summer preaching series called “Exchange: Lifestyle,” exploring Romans 12-16.
The sermon today will be called: “Love Limits Liberty” by Pastor Bob and it will cover Romans 14:13-23.
Below is my breakdown of the passages into daily readings. I have committed to journaling my reflections about each of these passages here on my blog. Perhaps some of you would like to follow along–the whole summer reading schedule could be printed as a bookmark.
Week 8. “Love Limits Liberty” 14:13-23 (by Pastor Bob)
• Sun, 7/26. Rom 14:13-23 intro.
• Mon, 7/27. Rom 14:13-15
• Tues, 7/28. Rom 14:16-19
• Wed, 7/29. Rom 14:20-21
• Thu, 7/30. Rom 14:22
• Fri, 7/31. Rom 14:23
• Sat, 8/1. Rom 14:13-23 review.
Here’s this week’s passage:
14:13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. 14:15 For if your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. 14:16 Therefore do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. 14:17 For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 14:18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people.
14:19 So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. 14:20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 14:22 The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. 14:23 But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.