The Melting Pot
Passage: Romans 14:1–14:13
ICE BREAKER: Does Chick-fil-A or Popeyes have the better chicken sandwich?
Paul calls for those of a "stronger" conscience to embrace those of a "weaker" conscience without arguing over their opinions. What is conscience? Share about a time where someone else’s conscience allowed them to do something that made you uncomfortable. How did you handle that? Would you handle it differently in light of Sunday's sermon?
A posture that enables believers to live in unity with each other is one that believes the best of one another. How would you put this in your own words? Have you seen the results of the opposite approach?
Ultimately, Christians are freed from judging each other's consciences because God will do that. Share about a time where you would have greatly benefited from allowing this truth to influence your response to a person or situation.
When missing the context of Romans 14, one may be found using their liberty as a means to justify their sin. (i.e. "I can dence whenever and however I want!") If someone in the group was found doing that, what arguments from the passage could you make to correct their misunderstanding?
For Further Study:
1 Corinthians 8; Galatians 4:10-11