Romans 3:21-25; 14-15:13
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ has accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7).
The Message: God Accepted You
– We have all sinned and fallen short (Rm. 3:23)
– We are all justified freely by his grace (Rm. 3:24)
– Bottom Line: God died for us as we really are
The Application: Accept One Another
– 2 Sides of the Same Coin:
- Risk accepting others just as they are
– Give grace
- Risk being accepted by others for who you really are
– Receive grace
Risking Acceptance: Discussion Questions
(Romans 3.21-25; 14-15.13)
- What is the difference between the acceptance that Paul is describing and the “lesser” acceptance that we all often experience?
- Read Romans 14.1-15.13
- What do you find most surprising about Paul’s response?
- Why do you think Paul does not simply force his conclusions on everyone? (Hint: What is the difference between unity and uniformity)
- Pastor Jay said the command to accept one another entailed 2 responses - 2 sides of the same coin.
- Explain in your own words why the two need to go together.
- Which one is more difficult for you, accepting others as they are, or letting others accept you as you are?
- What are some areas in church life today that Paul might classify as “disputable matters?”
- What makes it hard in these situations for each side to accept the other?
- What would it look like to apply Paul’s advice to these situations?
- Explain how applying Paul’s advice demonstrates the gospel.