by Rick Ferguson

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A Solid Place to Stand: A Doctrinal Survey Of The Book Of Romans (41 of 42)
The Guiding Principle of Love: The Secret to a Unified Church
Rick Ferguson
Romans 14:1-15:14

Introduction: I have a book in my study titled, Great Church Fights. It is a "must-read" book for every pastor. I looked at it again for a reference as I prepared this message for today. As I thought about that book, and particularly its title . . . I thought, "That title is an oxymoron if ever there was one . . .There is no such thing as a Great church fight."

How many of you have ever seen a Great church fight?

I have seen some tragic and devastating church fights that left a lot of people wounded and bleeding . . . But I have never seen one that was great or good.

As we move into the final pages of the Book of Romans, we find the Apostle Paul making strong appeals for . . .
• Unity in the Body of Christ
• Christian love within the church.

In fact, chapters 12, 13, 14 and 15 in particular clearly reveal the true Christian love, agape love, is the primary Guiding Principle for all of life.

Text: Rom 12:9; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:8-10

NOTE: All the moral laws of God are expressions of genuine, pure, selfless love. And this same pure, selfless love is the guiding principle that fills in all the gaps left by the law.

NOTE: Obviously, no moral code of law can possible cover every possible situation or circumstance. And when we have a gray area that has not been colored in by the Moral Law of God . . . We are to let Agape Love be the guiding principle to direct us.

NOTE: Pure, holy, selfless love is to be our compass for deciphering the map of the law of God.

And now as we move into Chapter 14, Paul makes a magnificent appeal for unity among Christians and he does it on this great Guiding Principle of love.

He says, if we cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble or be offended we are not acting in love. Addressing a dispute over dietary laws and pre ...

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