Mentors can help former Mormons learn to use their newfound freedom responsibly, using biblical principles to avoid both legalism and license.

Key Points:

  • Rethink Certainty.
  • Discern Between Essentials and Non-Essentials.
  • Embrace New Choices.
  • Find Liberty Without Legalism or License.
  • Learn to Make Ethical Decisions.

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Talk About It
  1. How comfortable are you with the idea that there is not a right answer or a right way to do things for every issues in life?
  2. “The goal is not just coming to a correct behavioral decision. It also matters how that decision is determined.” Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  3. What are some of lifestyle expectations common in your church that are based more on what a spiritual leader says, or on the church’s culture, than on the Bible itself? (Every church has them!)
  4. What guidelines or principles have you used in your life to help discern between lifestyle essentials and non-essentials?
  5. Read Romans 14:1-8. What were the issues that Christians had different convictions about in the early church? What are some issues that might fall into the same category today?
  6. According to this passage, how are we supposed to approach our own convictions about these sort of things?
  7. How should we treat others who have different opinions or convictions than we do?
  8. Why is it so easy to condemn people with different practices than our own?
  9. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. What are some things that are not strictly forbidden in the Bible, but which are not beneficial?
  10. What are some things not strictly forbidden in the Bible, but which might have a tendency to master us?
  11. How should be go about deciding how to act in areas where we have freedom?
  12. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Mentoring Former Mormons Training series.