August 24, 2014: Building Up Each Other
An exciting sermon for sure. I am hoping to rehash what I learned, thought of, and discovered through another lesson on this beautiful Sunday. It speaks of building each other up through the faith and grace that our Father has given us.
Scripture: Romans 14 : 13 – 23 [Scroll to the end to read passage]
The background begins with the differences that Christians may face against non-Christians. For the issue of diet, the New and Old Law pertaining to meat is often unknown to many; some do not eat it, others believe it to be acceptable. What about the issue of drink? Can we drink wine freely? What is best – minimal or moderate? What about the days that we celebrate and hold important? Christmas being a prime example. The Christmas holiday should not be focused on presents or Santa Claus, but rather on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christians understand the importance of Jesus’ birth as God sending His son to us for us to be reunited with our Holy Father.
How we should build each other up:
- Live by faith – Know that everything that does not come from faith is sin. For we were placed on this earth in our Lord’s image, we are to carry out His will as taught through the principles outlined in the Scriptures.
- Commit ourselves to building each other – If we are all to commit to wanting to expand the Kingdom of our Father to all nations of the Earth, it will happen. An instance is of the light that is finally coming upon the churches in China. Though there were times when the Christians in China had to go into hiding to pray and gather, Christianity is slowly becoming a prominent religion within the borders of China.
- Recognize the value of every person – Understanding that each one of us is part of God’s great plan is an awesome feeling! Working together to do His will is a privilege that we must take care with.
- Concentrate our focus on what’s really important – Though there are materialistic things in this world where we may be drawn to, ultimately our goal should be to do His will and carry out what He has placed in our hearts to do. Temptation will always be present, but our power and strength from God will help us overcome anything.
- Limit our liberty out of love for each other – Our actions and words may cause a fellow Christian to stumble, so we must be careful. As stated in 1 Corinthians 8:9, set a good example for others. and
take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
It is our responsibility to build each other up. For we want to set an example of Christ-likeliness in our actions and words daily. In truth and love may we all grow together in strength and lift His name on high. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through those whom take the initiative to follow the Scriptures’ teachings and our Lord’s words and be defiant of how this world wants to change us to be. Ultimately, I believe our hearts will follow what the Lord has placed within us to do.
Romans 14 : 12 – 23
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.