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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Romans chapter 14. What issues are addressed in this chapter? How are these issues referred to in vs. 1?
  • List the commands given in this chapter, both those directed to the "weak" and those directed otherwise. Who are most of the negative commands directed to?
  • What is stated about the life of the believer (specifically vs. 7-8 and 22-23)? What about the Kingdom of God?
  • What food is clean? When would it be wrong to eat any particular food (vs. 14-16)? What principle is to govern what we eat?
  • What is at stake with the issues addressed in this chapter (vs. 20-23)? How is this chapter summed up?
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage. Click here for the notes.

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Where do you see yourself in regard to your approach toward the issues addressed in this chapter? Based on this, what commands within this chapter would you assume to be addressed to you?
  • What specific issues could this passage be applied to in your life? How has your understanding of what a believer can eat been challenged or changed through the recent sermons in 1 Corinthians?
  • How do you view your salvation and relationship with the Lord in light of vs. 17-18? Do you find anything in vs. 22-23 challenging to you personally?
  • Do you recall a recent instance when you acted without full confidence or faith in the direction you took? How would you view that or other recent decisions you have made with the last statement in this chapter?