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Carl Westerlund :: Romans 14:14-23 - A Kingdom Perspective on Doubtful Things

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Romans in Outline No. 124

1.1  TWO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOOD

Romans 14:14

2.2  The perspective of the stronger believer: amoral

Romans 14:14a

3.1  JESUS TAUGHT THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOOD HAD ENDED

Mark 7:15-23

3.2  ALL ANIMALS ARE CLEAN

Acts 10:15

3.3  EVERY CREATURE IS GOOD

1 Timothy 4:4-5

3.4  THE CEREMONIAL LAW IS ABROGATED

1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23

2.2  The perspective of the weaker believer: unclean

Romans 14:14b

1.2  THE EFFECT OF A FAULTY ATTITUDE ABOUT FOOD

2.1  The brother is grieved

2.2  You do not have love

1.3  TWO PROHIBITIONS FOR STRONGER BELIEVERS

Romans 14:15b-17

2.1  Stop destroying weaker believers

Romans 14:15b

2.2  Stop erasing your good in the eyes of the weaker believer

Romans 14:16

1.4  THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE

Romans 14:17

2.1  The kingdom of God is not physical

Romans 14:17a

3.1  WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS

3.2  IT IS NOT ABOUT FOOD AND DRINK

Matthew 6:33

2.2  The kingdom of God is spiritual

Romans 14:17b

1.5  THE BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING THESE PROHIBITIONS

Romans 14:18

2.1  It has God’s acceptance

Romans 14:18a

2.2  It has man’s approval

Romans 14:18b

1.6  CONCLUSIONS GROWING FROM THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

Romans 14:19-23

2.1  Guideline #1: Pursue the best

Romans 14:19

2.2  Guideline #2: Seek godly priorities

Romans 14:20

2.3  Self–denial prevents stumbling

Romans 14:21

2.4  Guideline #3: Have conscience faith

Romans 14:22-23

Romans 14:14-23

14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NKJV)

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