About This Series:
Romans 14:1 - 15:13
One of the most difficult discoveries in the Christian life - particularly for the new Christian - is that life is not always black and white; it is often colored in grey. There are many areas in life where the answer is not found in a verse of Scripture, and the solution is not cut and dried. However, just because certain areas are not clear, does not mean they are unimportant. In this 9-message series, Stephen will examine the instruction Paul gives on dealing with difficult issues, and investigate the highly explosive topic of Christian liberty. For in the end, much of Christian living takes place in the area between black and white, and that's why Grey Matters.
One of the most difficult discoveries in the Christian life is that life is not always black and white; it is often colored in grey. Many of life's daily questions aren't answered in Scripture . . . at least not directly. So in this message Stephen lays the groundwork for dealing with difficult issues as he investigates the highly explosive topic of Christian liberty.
Does "Christian liberty" mean we have the license to sin? Not on your life! Stephen gives us several guidelines that balance our liberty with God's holiness as he reminds us of our responsibility to our fellow believers.
Paul did not commend the church at Corinth for being tolerant; he rebuked them for being arrogant! Likewise, Stephen cautions us to be careful with our theology and practice lest we fall into error as well.
Our Christian liberty should never be used to offend a weaker brother. But does that mean we have to limit our own freedom because of someone elses weakness? This is a big question in our day and age and one that many Christians have neglected to answer Biblically.
In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul confronts certain factions that had risen in the church at Rome. Who was right in these situations? Which group honored God more? Stephen discloses that it wasn’t the side who made the best argument . . . it was the side who gave the most grace.
Did you know you are a priceless enterprise of God? We are all "under construction" and God wants each of us to treat each other as a work in progress. Stephen calls this the "principle of consideration" and instructs the believer to live it out each day.
Contrary to popular belief, Christian liberty does not say, "I have the freedom to do anything that makes my life better." Instead, Christian liberty says, "I now have the freedom to do whatever Christ wants me to do." So many people get this wrong today. Don't be one of them!
The Apostle Paul knew of no better way to make it through the fog of life than to follow Christ's footprints . . . step by step. Do you?
The Apostle Paul doesn't give us black and white answers when it comes to issues of Christian liberty. But how could he? There was no such thing as internet and movies and alternative music back in those days! Instead, he supplies us with Biblical principles that transcend every social context generation. He doesn't tell us how to act . . . he tells us how to think.