Romans 14:1-23

1.    What is the theme of this chapter? Whether about what food you eat or days you esteem, there is an underlying theme. It’s a theme similar to that in 1 Corinthians 8.

2.    There are specific verses that stand out as having been used as wisdom statements, or maxims, through the centuries: verses 7, 16, 19, 23 (last line). What have those maxims meant to you?

3.    How does the theme morph in verse 13? “Don’t __________; don’t even ___________.”

4.    Compare 1 Corinthians 6:12 and Galatians 2:11-14. Apparently there were some things Paul felt were important enough to warrant an apparently judgmental attitude toward Peter. Can you define from this what Paul felt was most important among church members on earth?

5.    What joy or excitement comes to you from this text? What questions arise for you out of the reading of this text? What did you learn that was new to you, or a new way of looking at something? What does this text tell you about God and about yourself? About humans in general?

Old Testament References
Isaiah 45:23; Psalm 22:27-28