SOMETIMES, WITHOUT REALIZING IT, WE CAN BE VERY
I can’t believe any Christian parent would allow their children
to go to public schools.
those homeschooled children are socially backward.
how can you call yourself a Christian?
against small families: Don’t you know God said to “be fruitful and multiply?”
against “large” families: Don’t you know what causes that? They have birth-control, you know.
HUMOROUS OR DAMAGING?
are times when light humor is understood and enjoyed by all.
Often, these very same statements are thrown out with
thoughtlessness, sarcasm, or insensitivity.
As important, statements like these typically reveal our
These convictions – along with how
we reveal them – are the focus of this sermon.
WE ALL HAVE KNOWLEDGE
purpose of knowledge
is to bring us to and build us up in the faith. Eph.
we share these beliefs
are just as important as the beliefs themselves. 1
public/private vs. home-school, etc.
“stewardship” (sm) vs. “be fruitful” (lrg).
just a celebration vs. not condoning religious error/paganism.
stewardship vs. not condoning sin.
KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP / LOVE EDIFIES
Can we still have “unity of the faith” if we
come to different applications regarding various matters?
Case in Point: Meats offered to idols. 1
All agree that idolatry is sinful.
Yet one applied that belief to “eat no meat.”
Another applied that belief to “eat meat.”
All want what is best for our children’s walk with the
Lord (no sin in our choice)
All want to be “good stewards” but come to different
convictions about birth control and faith.
Love Is The How (1
mindful of others. Rom.
14:1-3; 1Cor. 8:7-9; 10:24
not judge the servant of God: he stands before God, not you. Rom.
your words to build up, not destroy. Eph.
you do, do in service to the Lord. 1
Cor. 10:23, 31; Rom. 14:5-8
Clearly, we all have knowledge: but how we use that
knowledge toward others is of vital importance.
the conscience of one another as they stand before God’s
judgment seat, not yours.
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Church of Christ