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Dear Leader,

Kingdom Influence - Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

Romans 14:17

Romans 14 is all about the observance of certain religious, cultural practices and the judgement passed on by believers towards each other for not adhering to them. Especially between those who came to Christ who were Jewish and those who were Gentiles. In essence it was a clash of culture and beliefs. Paul's discussion with them culminates in verse 17!

1. Why is it so important that we do not get bogged down with "religious" arguments (minor things) but rather conform (submit to the dominion of) ourselves to the pursuit of God's Kingdom culture and practices?
2. Discuss the following quote from Matthew Henry's Commentary: "Nothing more destructive to true Christianity than placing it in modes, and forms, and circumstantials, which eat out the essentials"
3. Romans 14:17 state some essentials as righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. What do these three words mean to you in the context of pursuing God's Kingdom? How does it change the way we deal with each other when we do not necessarily agree on a matter?
4. Discuss the absolute importance of "in the Holy Spirit"?

Prayer Time
Father I thank you that we do not need to be distracted by aspects that in the big picture are not really important. But, that we can rather focus on the essentials to which we all agree are righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Give us a revelation of these essentials today.

Lord, help us to deal with one another in Your grace. In a way that encourages us towards Your Kingdom culture and the practices of Your Kingdom. In doing so may we bring renown and glory to your name. Amen
Kind Regards

Byron Donaldson
Guideline Co-ordinator

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