Romans Lesson 26 Day 3

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6. Personal application — disputable practices

Early Christianity is often divided into three different branches that differ in theology and traditions, which all appeared in the 1st century AD. They include Jewish Christianity, Pauline Christianity and Gnostic Christianity. All modern Christian denominations are said to have descended from these three branches. Wikipedia (Link includes an incomplete list of denominations)

That’s what we have a tendency to do when we disagree — find or start a new group that agrees with our matters of conscience, comfort, or preference.

I’m taking this question seriously and examining myself. The Lord has dealt with me about critical and judgmental thoughts. I’m trying to remember to bless the person and pray for them as a way to counter the temptation to dwell on it.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, we are looking for a place to fellowship.

I want my husband and grandchildren to experience the depth of unity and fellowship I experience in BSF. Is it possible to discern that by visiting a few times?

Out of curiosity, I searched online for the number of churches in my city. None of the links displayed a total, but one zip code alone listed 65. Our city has six zip codes.

I assume believers during Paul’s day had fewer choices. Today, we have many.

Worship music

I enjoy an extended, uninterrupted time of worship. Not everyone does.

Other disputed music issues:

  • The number of songs/length of worship
  • Choir and/or worship team
  • Music choice and style (old familiar hymns versus new, contemporary songs)
  • Volume
  • Traditional instruments vs. guitars and drums

Some churches cope by having a separate contemporary worship service.

I also hope to find new believers full of first love. There’s nothing like it.

My point is, I have a choice. If I join and things change, will I start complaining? (Lord, help me.)

7. Stop worrying about our brother.

The strict Christian found it easy to judge his brother, writing him off as an unspiritual meat-eater-compromiser. The free Christian found it easy to show contempt against his brother, regarding him as a uptight-legalistic-goody-good. Essentially, Paul’s answer is “Stop worrying about your brother. You have enough to answer for before Jesus.” (Guzik)

8. We have enough to answer for before Jesus.

Each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God. Romans 14:12 AMP

This is the bema seat, equivalent to the judge’s seat in the Olympic Games. After each game, the winners came before the judge’s seat to receive crowns for first, second, and third places. Likewise, the Christian’s works will be tested by fire, and he’ll be rewarded for those which remain . . . The judgment seat of Christ is only concerned with a Christian’s rewards and position in the kingdom, not with his salvation.” (Smith via Guzik)

I want to hear my Master say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:23 ESV)

An elderly believer once said the Lord will ask us, “Did you learn to love?” That’s really what Paul is talking about. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3 ESV)

The rest is just a distraction.

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 26 Day 3 ~ Romans 14:9-12