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A Like-Minded Faith (17 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, November 18, 2009
TEXT: Romans 15:1-13
INTRODUCTION: In this lesson, the Apostle Paul
continues his discussion on the importance of patience with the new or weaker brother. In chapter 14, he refers to him as "weak in the faith" because he did not understand his liberty in Christ, that he was free from the law. He was no longer under dietary restrictions and the requirement to keep the Sabbath. He had liberty in Christ. However, because he did not yet understand, he was not to be judged. Paul said in Col. 2:16, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days."
Later, in his letter to the Galatians, Paul chides them for continuing to submit themselves to the ordinances of the Old Testament Law; by now, they have had time to learn.
He writes in Galatians 4:9-10, "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years."
In Col. 2:14, we read, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross."
Let me give you our outline:
I. BEARING THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK
A. Not Pleasing Ourselves (vs. 1)
1. The word "infirmities" is not used in the sense of our normal meaning, which generally speaks of illness. The Greek word is asthenema, meaning, conscience. In other words, we, who are strong spiritually, are to support the weak conscience of our brethren. It goes right back to chapter 14, dealing with those who were still following many of the restrictions from the Old Testament.
2. Paul said in the last part of vs. 1, we are "not to please ourselves." In other words, let's not push our beliefs upon ...
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