November 22, 2020: Consideration

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 14:4 19

CENTRAL TRUTH: In all our dealings with others we should consider their welfare and benefit.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson we should be able to identify some ways to show concern and consideration for those around us.

LESSON OUTLINE:
I. Christian Differences (Romans 14:1 6)

II. Christian Relationships (Romans 14:7 16)

III. Christian Action (Romans 14:17 23)

IV. Christ's Example (Romans 15:1 7)

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What is the biblical perspective on division?

In "Biblical Perspective" Larry Grile writes concerning Colossians 3:11:

In the spiritual realm of redemptive grace, human distinctions and divisions are annulled. There are not Greek Christians and Jewish Christians; there are only Christians. In Christ, whether one is circumcised or not does not matter. Whether one is merely a foreigner or is a savage makes no difference. Whether one is a freeman or a slave makes no difference. But Christ is all, and in all. Human distinctions are not erased but are transcended in Jesus Christ. Man's efforts to erase distinctions through a socialist world order are doomed to confusion and failure. Socialism is carnal man's solution to the carnal frictions produced by the human differences in our world. On the other hand, Jesus Christ is everything! Before any of us came to Christ, we were nothing. No matter how low or high we thought we were, Christ exalted us. Now that we are in Christ, we are brethren. Now that Christ is in us, we have no need for social uniformity, for we share a kindred spirit that transcends our diversities (Gal. 3:28).

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 12.

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Why do Christians struggle with troubled relationships?

In "God's Word for Today" Gordon Snider writes:

Most people would agree that broken relationships are a huge problem in today's world. The divorce rate supports this statement, as does the increasing tendency to resort to violence against others. Divided churches and families are also stark reminders that Christians need to pay a lot more attention to relationships. As important as believing the correct truths is, the defining mark of the New Testament Christians, according to John 13:35, was their love for each other. So what is wrong? Why are Christians today even dealing with such troubled relationships? The central truth of today's lesson proposes an answer to that question. “Proper relationships with others begin with a proper relationship with God.”

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 10.

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The Prerequisite for Successful Relationships

In "Word Focus" Glenn McClure writes:

Since life itself is built around relationships (both with others and with the Creator), the success of these relationships is determined by the set of the will: whether it is bent to the physical, twisted to the mental, or surrendered to the spiritual. Paul got right to the point of this matter. In Colossians 2 he showed what a true Christian ought not to follow. In chapter 3 he taught what the Christian ought to pursue. He enjoined various duties in the different relations of life, which should be performed in such a way as to show that true religion has a controlling influence over the heart. These relationships, both with God and with others, involve both action and attitude on the part of man.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 10.

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