QUALITIES OF A STRONG CHRISTIAN.

ROMANS 15:1-7


NKJV 1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. NKJV


NAS 1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME."

4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,

6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. NAS


NLB 1 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.

2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.

3 For even Christ didn't live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, "The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me."

4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled. 5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. TLB


Introduction

How can you tell if a person is physically strong? There will be several characteristics that show; won't there?


What about a Christian? Can you tell when an individual is a strong Christian? I think you can. Paul calls to our attention several Qualities that will be present in the strong Christian. Please note the following.


1.         A strong Christian . . PLEASES.        1-3

2.         A strong Christian . . PRESERVERS.           v 4-5 

3.         A strong Christian . . PARTICIPATES.        v 6-7



1.       A Strong Christian . . PLEASES.      1-3

1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of

the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."


Introduction

              “. . . bear the infirmities of the weak,” KJV

              “. . . bear with the scruples of the weak,” NKJV

              “. . .bear the weaknesses of those without strength . . .” NAS

              “. . . be considerate of those who are sensitive about things” TLB


I had a pastor friend who delighted in going into a new restaurant and asking the waitress do you have any scruples. He tried to get her to asked the cook if they had any scruples.



A.          Strong Christians Please Their . . CO-LABORERS. v 1-2

1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of

the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.

                            1.           Pleases with . . EDIFICATION. v 1

                            2.           Pleases with . . EXAMPLE. v 2

                                           a.           Following an example

                                           b.           Giving an example.


B.          Strong Christians Please . . CHRIST                       v 3

              3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."


                            1.           Pleases as they . . ENCOURAGE the Weak.

                            2.           Pleases as they . . EMULATE the WORD.


Illustration

A poor, hungry man stood idly on a bridge watching some fishermen. Seeing one of them with a basket full of fish by his side, he said, "if I had a catch like that, I'd be happy. I'd sell it and buy some food and clothes." "I'll give you that many fish if you do a small favor for me," said the fisherman. "What do you want me to do?" came the reply. "Just tend this line a while. I've got some business down the street." Gladly the young man accepted the offer.


After the man left, the trout and bass continued snapping greedily at the baited hook. Soon he lost all his depression in the excitement of pulling in a large number of fish. When the angler returned, he said to the young man, "I'll keep my promise to you by giving you everything you've caught. And I hope you've learned a lesson. You mustn't waste time daydreaming and merely wishing for things. Instead, get busy and cast in a line for yourself."


Application


A Strong Christian . . PLEASES.




2.       A strong Christian . . PRESERVERS.       v 4-5 

4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written

for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:


A.          Perseveres according to the . . WORD. v 4

              ". . . For whatsoever things were written . . . "

                            1.           Written for our . . CULTURE. 

                            2.           Written for our . . COMFORT.



B.          Perseveres according to the . . WITNESS. v 5

". . . likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: . . ."

                            1.           The Witness of Christ


Illustration

A Sunday school teacher said that he once saw a reproduction the Constitution of the United States which had been skillfully engraved on a copper plate. At first glance it seemed to be nothing more than a piece of noble writing. When he looked at if from the proper perspective, however, he could discern the portrait of America's renowned President George Washington artistically etched in minute detail. Simpson adds, "His face was revealed in the shadowing of the letters and I saw his person, not just a flow of words or lofty principles.


Then I thought: that's the way we should look at the Bible if we are to understand its deeper meaning. We must see in it a 'Face of love shining through,' not merely ideas, not just doctrines, but Jesus himself -- sufficient for all our needs."


The scriptures become exciting and thrilling to read when you have the right spiritual perspective and therefore can observe the One whose spirit constantly energizes its pages with life and beauty! Can you recognize Jesus when you study the Bible?

 

Application


A strong Christian . . PRESERVERS.




3.       A strong Christian . . PARTICIPATES.    v 6-7

6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,

even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 

A.          Participate with the same . . VIEW.           v 6 a

6 That ye may with one mind . . .”


B.          Participate with the same . . VOICE.         v 6 b 

“. . . and one mouth . . .”


C.          Participate with the same . . Veneration.    v 6c

“ . . . glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


D.          Participate with the same . . VALUES.      v 7

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us

to the glory of God.


Illustration:        TOPIC: Double-Mindedness INDEX: 3445            DATE: 5/1989.15

              E. Stanley Jones states it graphically, "If you don't make up your mind, then your unmade mind will unmake you. Here is the place where there must be no dallying. For any dallying will be the Trojan horse that will get on the inside and open the gates to the enemy.


              God can do anything for the man who has made up his mind; he can do little or nothing for the double-minded."   -- The Way to Power and Poise, p.258

 

Application                       

                              A strong Christian . . PARTICIPATES.