For use at Presbytery gatherings. Authored by Rev. Bill McLean.
monthly bible study for presbytery use
Romans 14:1-6 (NRSV)
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
Questions for Reflection & Discussion
When have we/you welcomed someone with the result being (intentionally or unintentionally) “for the purpose of quarreling over opinions”?
What are the meat or days in 2019 and 2020 where we need to “Let all be fully convinced in their own minds” instead of passing judgment on another?
How might the Presbytery/congregation/committee be guided by this scripture?