The title of this sermon is Removing Stumbling Blocks. Please use these notes in your own personal Bible study time and Community Groups.
What if we joined a church not because of what they could do for us but for how we could serve it?
What if we joined a church because they believed in the Bible and prayer?
What if we joined a church because Jesus is the Chief Shepherd and the gospel is of first importance?
What if we joined a church because it was all about Jesus and not about us?
That would be awesome!
Not many people think like that.
Until people understand that sanctification is a process and that we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind which comes through the truth of the Bible, there will always be stumbling blocks.
vs 17 – 19 Paul is excited to be in Jerusalem. He has many stories of what God has been doing that he wants to share. Paul and Luke are currently staying at the house of Mnason. Paul goes to the church and James and the other elders of the Jerusalem church welcome him with gladness. Luke records nothing of any other apostles being in Jerusalem at this time. It is possible that they are all obedient to Jesus and they went off to share the gospel and plant churches. Acts 1:8
vs 20 – 26 Paul was not telling people to disregard or hate the law. He was not saying that people should give up their ceremonial rights and traditions. Simply, Paul was saying that because of Jesus, Jesus fulfills the law and obedience to Jesus is what is important.
When you become a Christian, you do not stop celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or your birthday. Culture plays a huge part in your life. However, the gospel transcends culture. Paul knew that it’s all about Jesus.
Paul wanted people to be a slave of Jesus not a slave to the law.
If you want to circumcise your kid, knock yourself out.
If you want to have a glass of wine, go for it.
If you want to eat a pig, slow smoke at 225 for 14 hours and have plenty of BBQ sauce ready.
- Preaching in jeans and flip flops
Just because you do or do not do something; it does not give you the right to force your perspective on somebody else.
You do not want to be the stumbling block that causes a fellow Christian to stumble.
Live at peace with everyone – Romans 12:18
We want to see lost people come to Jesus – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
We live for the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31