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Romans 15:1-7

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Weak Christians and Strong Christians

Romans 15:1-7

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Lesson Number 44

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The strong Christian should support the weak Christian because of the example of Christ.
  2. The strong Christian should support the weak Christian because of the exhortation of Scripture.

Practical Application

  1. Are you destroying the mind and mouth of your fellowship?

Questions

  1. Give a simple, two-part outline of the book of Romans.
  2. Cite the four aspects in Part Two as to how Christians should function and relate.
  3. What is Paul's emphasis in Chapter 14?
  4. What should weak Christians remember concerning judging strong Christians?
  5. What should strong Christians do concerning weak Christians?

Answers

  1. Part One - Doctrinal, Chapters 1-11 Part Two - Practical, Chapters 12-16
  2. How Christians should function and relate a) in society, b) to governing authorities, c) in Christian ministries, and d) with other believers.
  3. Dealing with the questions of how weak and strong Christians should relate to one another in matters of conviction and conscience.
  4. That what strong Christians do is not weakness, but done in Christian liberty.
  5. They are to support them.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The strong Christian should support the weak Christian because of the example of Christ. Refer to Romans 15:1-3, 7. Elaborate.
  2. The strong Christian should support the weak Christian because of the exhortation of Scripture. Refer to Romans 15:4-5. Elaborate.

Challenge

  1. Review Romans 15:6. Select an area in which you disagree with another Christian. How should you deal with this disagreement?

Key Verses

  • "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification." (Romans 15:2) "Whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4) "May the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 14:5-6) "Receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God." (Romans 14:7)

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