Mentors can help former Mormons learn to use their newfound freedom responsibly, using biblical principles to avoid both legalism and license.
- 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
- 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?
- “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?
- 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!)
- What guidelines or principles have you used in your life to help discern between lifestyle essentials and non-essentials?
- 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?
- According to this passage, how are we supposed to approach our own convictions about these sort of things?
- How should we treat others who have different opinions or convictions than we do?
- Why is it so easy to condemn people with different practices than our own?
- Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. What are some things that are not strictly forbidden in the Bible, but which are not beneficial?
- What are some things not strictly forbidden in the Bible, but which might have a tendency to master us?
- How should be go about deciding how to act in areas where we have freedom?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Mentoring Former Mormons Training series.