Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sermon Preview: Gospel Freedom (Romans 14-15)

Long before the whole concept of preaching our "Gospel Revolution" series was birthed came the idea of preaching a sermon or two on the freedom we have in Christ. There were a bunch of reasons for this, not the least of which was the reality that true Gospel Freedom is under constant siege... even in our happy little church.

To whet your appetite for what is in store tomorrow I offer you this brief outline of what I hope to cover.


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The Gospel Revolution
Romans 14:1-15:7

Gospel Freedom for True Unity

1.  The types of Christians who need to be unified

·      The weak in faith (2,5,6)

·      The strong in faith (2,4,5,6)

2.  The situation that threatens unity

3.   The temptations towards division

·      The weak are tempted to condemn the strong (3, 10-12)

·      The strong are tempted to treat the weak with condescension (3, 10-12)

4.  The burden on the shoulders of the strong to keep the church unified

·      Do not despise the weak (1)

·      Make sure you are holding personal convictions not just miming traditions (5,22-23)

·      Fully embrace the weak (1)

·      Use your Gospel-freedom to deny your freedoms in order to love the weak (14:13, 15-16, 19-21; 15:1-3)