Understanding Romans 14

Text: Romans 14:1-9 Romans 14 teaches the need to accept and not judge those with whom we differ on matters of opinion. Some have tried to expand the scope of this chapter to include matters of faith. But on matters of faith, we are not to tolerate departures from the faith (Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9; 2:3-5). […]

Saul’s Poor Leadership

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 Following Saul’s failure to carry out the mission against the Amalekites, God regretted making him king. Saul had been made king over God’s people, yet failed in this role. Why was he a failure? Why was God sorry that He made him king? Throughout his reign, Saul demonstrated poor leadership. We need […]

Judge with Righteous Judgment

Text: John 7:24 When it comes to what the Bible says about judging, many people only think of Matthew 7:1 (“Do not judge…”). They ignore the context and claim that Jesus condemned all types of judging. However, Jesus taught that there are certain judgments that we must make. We are to “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). What does […]

A Just Life

Text: Matthew 7:1-12 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a just life. The word means to be fair. But as we will see, this does not mean that we treat everyone the same. That may sound surprising to […]

One Another

Text: Romans 12:4-5 Paul told the saints in Rome that they were “members one of another.” They were part of the same body, which should lead them to act in a certain way toward each another. In this lesson, we will consider what Paul told the Christians in Rome about this. How they were to treat […]

Do This First

Text: Proverbs 24:27 In every area of life, there are certain things that must be done first before something else can be done. This does not mean that the secondary action is less important, but the sequence is important. Matthew records a few times in which Jesus taught that something must be done first before something else […]

“Do Not Be Conformed”

Text: Romans 12:2 Paul warned the saints in Rome to not be conformed to the world. Why? What made conformity to the world such a temptation? And why does the world want Christians to conform? We will consider these questions in our lesson. Why Conformity is a Temptation Conformity generally leads to acceptance (John 15:18-19) […]