Worshipping While Differing
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. What makes Christ’s ownership/lordship so central to Christianity?
2. What does this passage teach about the conscience? Why should we not act against conscience?
3. What does it look like in practice to consciously live to please the Lord? What changes can you make to pursue this way of life more actively?
4. How does gratitude function as a test for right conduct? How does it grant freedom to the Christian?
5. How does Paul relate our discipleship to Christ’s death and resurrection in this passage? How do his words encourage Christians in the face of death?
6. Have you given much thought to standing before God’s judgment seat? How is Paul using future judgment to motivate his readers?
References: Colossians 3:17; 2:16-17; Galatians 4:10; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Colossians 3:23; 1 Timothy 4:4-5; Isaiah 45:23; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 3:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; Matthew 7:1-2.