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How Should We to Treat Weaker Christians

Romans 14:1-12

C:\JIMMc2008\Rom14-1TAB.SER.wpd Introduction:

In today’s world some Christians with several rules think they are superior to other Christians. On one occasion in St. Louis we had a couple visit our church that were workers with the Campus Crusade for Christ. They indicated a desire to join the church and we went to talk with them. In the course of giving their testimony and church background the lady said she was a member of an IFCA Church. At that time I had never heard of them and she acted surprised that I had not heard of them. She said you know us the IFCA, I Fight Christians Anywhere. Now that really stands for the Independent Fundamental Churches Of America. In our conversation she also said now our churches also have rules against the “dirty dozen.” I pleaded ignorance again and she gave me a list of sins they were not supposed to be involved with.


On another occasion in California a pastor in the GARP, called his denomination, the General Association Of Revolutionary Baptist, he said “you know us we could sleep on a razor blade.”


Well are these kind of people my brothers and sisters? Yes! Can I fellowship with them. Yes! Will they fellowship with me? No! They think they are better than I am. I can live with that, and I just let them know I consider them brothers and sister in Christ if they trust Christ alone.


Now these people all think they are better. They think there rules help them to be superior. I don’t agree and I think Paul in this text does not refer to those kinds of people as superior Christians, but weaker Christians.



          How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

1.       Treat Them as . . Accepted by the Lord. v 1-3

            1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.


Introduction:

  In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in everything, love.

 

A.        See Them As Accepted Irregardless of Their . .Views.     v 1

            1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.

            1.         The One Who Is Weak Has Many Rules

            2.         May be know more by the don’ts in his life.


B.        Accepted Irregardless of Their . . Vegetables. v 2

            2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.

 

Humor:           Boy hated Broccoli, given Asparagus, said, “Yuch Broccoli with legs.


Notice How the Jerusalem Church Settled a similar matter.


Ac 15:24-30 24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law" — to whom we gave no such commandment — 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell. NKJV

C.        Accepted Irregardless of Their . . Variances.        v 3

            3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.

 

            1.         Don’t Make a separation because of eating habits.


Illustration:

Some of us have been Baptist long enough to know Baptist did not clap in church, nor did we raise hands in praise. Today It is rare for that not to be accepted in a Baptist church.


I personally think how you walk when you leave the church is more important than judging a person for their actions of clapping or raising their hands.


There was a very high church type of congregation and a quest came in and gave a loud amen, clapped and help up there hands. An usher came and said, “we don’t do that in this church. This person said, “but I’ve got religion.” The usher said, “well you didn’t get it here.”


Application:


Seven Sources of Controversy:

1.         What to eat and drink (Ro 14:2-6,14-23; Col 2:14-17; 1 Ti 4:1-6)

2.         With whom to eat (Ac 11:3; 1 Co 5:9-12; 2 Th 3:7-13; Jude 12)

3.         Where to eat (1 Co 8:4-13; 10:15-23; 11:17-22)

4.         Where to buy meat (1 Co 10:25)

5.         What day to keep as the Sabbath (Ro 14:5-6; Gal 4:9-11; Col 2:14-17)

6.         Whether to be circumcised or not (Ac 15:1-24; Ro 4:11; 1 Co 7:19)

7.         What to wear and what customs to observe (1 Co 11:4-16; 1 Ti 2:9-11; 1 Pe 3:3-4)


          How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

                    Treat Them as . . Accepted by the Lord.



          How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

2.       Treat Them as . . Acclaimed by the Lord. v 4-6

            4 Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.


A.        Acclaimed by the Lord in their . . Convictions. v 4          

            4 Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

 

            1.         God given convictions, Not made imposed.

            2.         Note, “He is able to make them stand.


B.        Acclaimed by the Lord in their . . Considerations. v 5

            5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

 

            1.         The day for worship divide some. 7th Day Baptist.

            2.         Do You think some will get into heaven simply because of their Day Of Worship?


C.        Acclaimed by the Lord in their . . Commendations. v 6

            6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.

            1.         It Is Unto The Lord.

            2.         SONG:            Its all about you Lord.

 

Illustration:   Judging Others

In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man called Bishop Potter. "He was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, 'It's all right, bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!'" Our Daily Bread



Application:


How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

Treat Them as . . Acclaimed by the Lord.




          How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

3.       Treat Them as . . Alive in the Lord.  v 7-9

            7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.

8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.


A.        Because of . . Realities. v 7-8

            7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.

8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

            1.         Can you say you belong to the Lord?

            2.         Young man at store yesterday, “No I don’t know.”

 

B.        Because of . . Recognitions. v 9

            9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Illustration: 1 Corinthians 15:55
Harry Houdini was an escape artist. They tried all kinds of ways to keep Harry Houdini locked up. They would bury him in a coffin, but he would get out. They would sew him up in canvas bags and throw him in the river, but he would come out. His biographer said, “He could escape from anything except your memory.”


Yet there came a day when Harry Houdini died, and he did not escape — no trickery there. Harry Houdini did not escape the iron-clad clutches of death, but I want to tell you there was another who died. His name was Jesus, and He made the great escape. Jesus came out of that grave, and He arose. Praise God, Jesus is alive!


Application:


How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?


          Treat Them as . . Alive in the Lord. 






          How Should We Treat Weaker Christians?

4.       See Them as . . Accounting to the Lord. v 10-12

            10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God." 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. NKJV


A.        Accounting as . . Brothers. v 10

            10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

            1.         While the church must be uncompromising in its stand against activities that are expressly forbidden by Scripture (adultery, homosexuality, murder, theft), it should not create additional rules and regulations and give them equal standing with God's law. When they do this, they show that their own faith is weak; they do not think that God is powerful enough to guide his children.


B.        Accounting as . . Bowers. v 11 

            11 For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God."

            1.         Bowers are men and women who bow.


C.        Accounting as . . Believers. v 12

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. NKJV

            1.         We all will stand before God.

            2.         Christian will not stand related to salvation but rewards.

 

Illustration    Still More about Judging Others

The story is told that D. L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon,

both great preachers of the nineteenth century, once met in London. Moody admired Spurgeon, and looked forward to their meeting with enthusiasm. When Spurgeon came to the door of his home, he had a cigar in his mouth.


Moody was appalled! He stammered, "How could you, a man of God, smoke that?" Spurgeon took the cigar from his mouth, smiled, put his finger on Moody's huge stomach, and said, "The same way you, a man of God, could be that fat."


Application

Rita Snowden tells a story of the war. In France some soldiers with their sergeant brought the body of a dead comrade to a French cemetery to have him buried. The priest told them gently that he was bound to ask if their comrade had been a baptized adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. They said that they did not know. The priest said that he was very sorry but in that case he could not permit burial in his churchyard. So the soldiers took their comrade sadly and buried him just outside the fence.

The next day they came back to see that the grave was all right and to their astonishment could not find it. Search as they might they could fine no trace of the freshly dug soil. As they were about to leave in bewilderment the priest came up. He told them that his heart had been troubled because of his refusal to allow their dead comrade to be buried in the churchyard; so, early in the morning, he had risen from his bed and with his own hands had moved the fence to include the body of the soldier who had died for France. -- William Barclay