Romans 14: Another Look
Text: Romans 14:1-23
Notes and outline developed by Bob Young

What this lesson is about--what are normal expectations in a study of Romans 14? What expectations are appropriate?

I. All doctrine (teaching) is not of equal weight or importance
Level playing field is wrong approach to Scripture.
"Fluff" is equally wrong. One preacher said, "There is God, there is Christ. All else is fluff." What about the Holy Spirit? Church? Resurrection? What about 1 Cor 8-10; 2 Jno 9; 1 Cor 15?

II. What kinds of teachings (doctrine) are in view here?

III. The situation and the principles laid down
A. Disputants

B. Relationships between brothers, vv. 1-12
C. Principles

IV. How shall we handle this?


  • Liberty has responsibility....
    to fulfill, acceptance by God and by men, 18
  • Responsibilities restated in chapter 15. Is unity passage, act to enhance unity, stay together, have spirit of unity, peace (14:17, cf. 15:13).
    Much that is being pushed today under the authority of Romans 14 ignores the text. We should worry about self more than about others. Focus on your own responsibility before God. Where are you?

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    Last updated July 14, 2012