Pastor Bob Paquet
UNITY IN THE CHURCH Part 1
Romans 14:1-12 (Part 1 of 2)
Respecting the Life Style Choices of
If you really like today’s sermon, you
need to come back, because you
probably won’t like next week’s. If you get upset today, I think I can
be your friend again next week.
This is a two part message and you need
to hear both parts to get a balanced view.
What are lifestyle choices?
Things that most often divide the Body of Christ
How do we feel when others make different lifestyle choices then ours?
Love and respect
Judgment, condemnation and contempt
Each one in the Body of Christ has been
created for a purpose
“For we are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephes.
Each one in the Body is unique
1 Cor. 12:4-7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there
are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  And there are
varieties of effects, but the same God who works
all things in all
persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good.
1 Cor. 12:11-12
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to
each one individually just as He wills.
13 For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my
mother's womb. 16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in
Thy book they were all written,
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Three Types of Behavior
Behavior That Is Right
(Intrinsically right - right for everyone)
Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength - Love your
spouse - Present your bodies as living sacrifices - Love your neighbor
Behavior That Is Wrong
(Intrinsically wrong - wrong for
Stealing, murder, adultery, drunkenness, evading taxes, revenge,
selling illicit drugs, pornography, prostitution, ....
Behavior That Doesn’t Matter - Amoral
(Between the believer and God)
(Morally neutral - doubtful - not right or wrong)
Diet - Regarding one day above another- TV - Participating in sports on
Sunday - Christmas Trees - card playing - movies - mixed swimming
dancing Reading the RSV vs the KJV of the Bible.
If Only Everyone Was Like Me
Believe as I believe, No more, no
That I am right and no one else, confess.
Feel as I feel, think only as I think,
Eat what I eat and drink but what I drink.
Look only as I look, do always as I do,
Then and only then I’ll fellowship with you.
Two Kinds of Christians - Relative to “Things That Don’t Matter”
Those That Are “Weak In The Faith”
“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of
passing judgment on his opinions.  One man has faith that he may eat
but he who is weak eats vegetables only.”
A Doctrinal or theological problem
His conscience still binds him to the Mosaic law
He has not accepted the freedom that comes through Jesus Christ
He has not fully released himself from the efficacy of works
He still thinks he can do more for God than God can do for him
He may think, “If the Bible hasn’t specifically approved something,
then it is probably wrong.”
Those That Are “Strong In The Faith”
Approach is different...
“If the Bible hasn’t specifically forbidden something, then it’s
probably within my rights to do it.”
Enjoys his freedom in Christ
Is not inhibited by his conscience in things that do not matter.
He understands experientially the following scriptures...
Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you
abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
 and you
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from
the law of sin and of death.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing
firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
1 Peter 2:16
Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil,
but use it as bondslaves of God.
2 Cor. 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
Whether you are “weak” or “strong” has nothing to do with ...
How long you have been a Christian
How much scripture you have memorized
What degree in divinity or theology you have
The issue is , “Do you accept the freedom that Christ has given you
with respect to “the things that don’t matter.”
God is telling us that He requires both the weak and the strong to
accept one another in “things that don’t matter - our life style
s - in things that are morally neutral - in doubtful things...
Accept One Another
Now accept the one who is weak in faith...  Let not him who eats
regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not
eat judge him who eats,
for God has accepted him  But you, why do
you judge your brother?
Paul is speaking here of things that are neither clearly right or
clearly wrong as judged by the scriptures. It is not unscriptural to
say to a brother,
“Your adultery is a sin in the eyes of God.”
Four Good Reasons To Adopt An Attitude
Both the strong and the weak Christian
have been accepted by the Lord
 Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and
let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted
“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, for God has accepted
The Lord accepts each of us the way we are - there is room for both the
weak and the strong Christian in the Body of Christ
Both belong to the Lord
 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he
stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him
“Who are you to judge the servant of another? Let each man be
fully convinced in his own mind.....”
Both recognize the Lordship of Christ
 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats,
does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not,
for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
Both Will Be Judged By The Lord
“But you, why do you judge your brother? We shall all stand before the
judgment seat of God each one of us shall give account of himself to
T.R. Glover said, “Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do, do it with all
thy might - but remember that someone thinks differently.”
When we come to the cross we find it has a great leveling effect - we
are all in desperate need of the grace of God.
SOME THINGS ARE RIGHT
SOME THINGS ARE WRONG
SOME THINGS DON’T MATTER
(They are between the believer and God)
SOME ARE WEAK IN THE FAITH
SOME ARE STRONG IN THE FAITH
ALL WHO PROFESS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR ARE...
ACCEPTED BY THE LORD
BELONG TO THE LORD
WILL BE JUDGED BY THE LORD
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set
you free from the law of sin and of death.
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