19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. Romans 16:14-15 Ten believers. BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 29, Day 3: Romans 16:17-20 April 10, 2018 April 8, 2018 by atozmom , posted in BSF Romans Summary of passage: Paul warns the Romans to be wary of and to stay away from those who will cause divisions or … First Peter 4:10-11 puts it like this: As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. Romans 16:25-27 I’m not comfortable creating and posting my paraphrase here, so what follows is from The New Living Translation. He longed for them to know Jesus Christ as their Messiah and accept him as their kinsman redeemer. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Responsibility to God: Be Transformed (Rom. Make a list of your “8 to 15” and begin to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with them. It’s possible (although not certain) that Simon of Cyrene was one of those men. 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 16:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 16:16, NIV: "Greet one another with a holy kiss.All the churches of Christ send greetings." Scripture: Romans 16:25–27. As we’ve seen in Romans, being “in Christ” through faith is the most important designation that can be true of anyone. Scripture: Romans 16:25–27. B. Righteousness Lived Out (Rom. Since Mark’s gospel was probably written for the Romans, the Rufus there may be the one Paul greets here. Romans 16. So in the church in Corinth you had low-level slaves right next to Erastus the important official. He was not a believer. John Piper Dec 10, 2006 10 Shares Sermon. Printable Study Guide. It cannot be said, necessarily, that this was a mistake – but we can certainly take a look 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; Most scholars think that she was the one who carried the letter to Rome. How would you like to be described? Surprisingly, Paul ends with a fundraising appeal, And perhaps that makes sense in this case, Because the enormity of what Paul has given to the church in this letter certainly justifies an expectation of gratitude, We ended last week in Chapter 15 v.13 as Paul wrapped up the formal teaching in this letter, And now Paul turns to addressing his readers specifically, calling on them to respond to his letter in the appropriate way, We can clearly see Paul turning to address his audience as he says “and concerning you…”, What follows is a diplomatic yet convicting appeal for the church in Rome to support Paul’s future missionary journeys, To understand how and why Paul makes this appeal, we need to remember the background I provided at the outset of this letter, As you may remember, by the time of this letter Paul was the foremost apostle of the church, He had traveled extensively throughout the Roman Empire evangelizing  and teaching, He had established or discipled churches in major Roman cities like Antioch, Corinth and Ephesus, And he had written letters to many other churches around Asia Minor, and each letter was treated as a precious object by the faithful, Rome was the most important city in the known world, And therefore the church in Rome carried itself with a certain degree of pride, What’s more, the church had not been founded by an apostle, which gave the leadership an even greater sense of accomplishment, Yet the great apostle Paul had never visited the church in Rome, even when he had been in the neighborhood (relatively speaking), In fact, Paul had not even written to the church in this great city, So by the time Paul sat down to write his letter to Rome, the church leadership was feeling a bit overlooked and unappreciated, And yet Paul was going to need the help of this significant and well-financed church body for his future evangelism, Which is why Paul went to such effort to impress them with his letter, No doubt Paul has blown them away with an intellectual feast of spiritual truth that uplifted them and humbled them, He gave them something they could truly appreciate, something that honored them, And interestingly, Paul has also organized his letter so that he ended his teaching addressing the equality of Gentiles in the church, That organization was strategic on Paul’s part, since it leads him directly into his appeal for support, And as such, he focused his evangelism efforts on traveling to major centers of Gentiles, One such area would be particularly hard to reach…Spain, It lay at the outskirts of the empire, on the opposite side from Judea, So for Paul to travel that far, he would need significant time and support, And not coincidentally, Rome lay directly in his path from Judea to Spain, Therefore Paul wrote Romans to educate and impress his audience in Rome, which then gave him opportunity to make a heartfelt appeal, That appeal will be for the Jewish leadership in the Roman church to give generously to Paul’s mission to reach Gentiles, That’s a tough sell under any circumstances, but even more so when the church isn’t on your side, So returning to Chapter 15, we see Paul’s smart strategy unfolding, First in vs.14-21 Paul reminds the church of the nobility of his mission to reach Gentiles and his faithfulness in carrying it out, Secondly, in vs.22-29 Paul presents the Roman church with his appeal for their partnership with him in his next mission, Finally in vs.30-33 Paul explains his future missionary plans and the opportunity the Romans have to be involved in that work, This is a very traditional missionary fundraising approach, or at least it has become traditional, In vs.14-16 Paul begins in defense of his mission, but starts diplomatically mentioning the good things he’s heard of this church, He knew they were full of goodness, filled with knowledge and able to admonish others in the truth, This is a notable statement, since Paul had never visited Rome, But that doesn’t mean Paul didn’t have connections in that city and in that church, Take a moment to glance at Chapter 16 and you’ll notice that Paul spends considerable time greeting acquaintances in that city, It’s the longest such list in all his epistles, He was making a point that he had connections to the Roman church despite having never visited the city, Paul begins saying he knows they are full of goodness, referring to their moral excellence or character, The Roman church stood as a light amidst darkness in the center of a pagan empire, They were a beacon of godliness, resisting the evil culture so they could transform it by the truth, Likewise, Paul knew they were full of knowledge referring to their understanding of biblical truth, This was largely a self-taught church, humanly speaking, No apostle had made it to Rome as far as we know, so they hadn’t known the benefit of personal instruction by someone like Paul, Nevertheless, they were learning the Scriptures, understanding Christian doctrine even before the canon was complete, And out of that learning, Paul says he knew they were admonishing believers to live out what they were learning, In other words, this wasn’t a church content with filling heads with knowledge, They expected followers of Jesus to live in ways that pleased their Master, Then in v.15 Paul says nevertheless I wrote boldly to you, meaning he covered important doctrinal truth in great detail without the intent to offend, Paul knew that the church might take offense at receiving such a thorough explanation of the Gospel, It might seem to suggest to them that he thought the church in Rome didn’t understand the basis of their own salvation, He says he writes boldly to them on “some points” as if to imply these were things they probably already knew, In reality, they probably learned a lot from Paul’s explanation as do we all, Still Paul handled their egos gently, leading him into his main point in writing: to remind them that he has a God-given mission to reach Gentiles, In v.16 Paul explains he ministers as a priest for the purpose of pleasing God by converting Gentiles, Who in turn will be sanctified by the Holy Spirit, This is the heart of the mission of the church, not just to reach Gentiles but Jews too, Furthermore, Paul wants the church in Rome to understand that his absence was ordained as part of that mission, Paul says that in his work he takes every opportunity to boast in things God is doing, yet he does not presume to boast about his own accomplishments, This is Paul’s preface to explaining the great things that have happened in his ministry, He wants to be sure the church understands he is not assuming personal credit for these outcomes, Rather, he acknowledges that the Lord alone has accomplished this work, And yet the Lord has been working through Paul’s ministry, and the results speak for themselves, Paul’s years spent reaching Gentiles with the Gospel has resulted in a tremendous response of obedience to the Gospel, both in word and deed, Gentiles were turning to the God of Israel, embracing Jesus as that Messiah, They were confessing Christ, showing obedience to the Gospel by their word, And they were turning from pagan lifestyles and immorality to obey the commands of Christ, These were remarkable achievements that few in Israel could ever have imagined happening, As Paul says in Ephesians, it’s literally the breaking down of the temple wall separating the Jew and Gentile, The Gentile response came by the power of the Spirit and in conjunction with great signs, These experiences validated that the Lord was indeed courting Gentiles and welcoming them into the body, As the Spirit manifested these wonders in the midst of Gentile acceptance, the apostles were forced to accept their confessions were genuine, The Spirit worked in this way to overcome the natural resistance of Jewish evangelists, Which is why Paul reminded his readers of these things, So in light of the Lord’s remarkable saving work among Gentiles, Paul says he determined to visit places where Christ had not yet been preached, That was in keeping with his office as apostle, The word apostle roughly translates “one sent with a message", and it reflects their mission to go into unreached areas, Apostles generally didn’t build on top of another’s work, though on occasion they did (see 1 Corinthians 3), Paul says he had managed to open these doors from Jerusalem to as far as Illyricum, which was a Roman province, Illyricum is the ancient name for the present day Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, It covered an area from Greece in the south through current-day Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Croatia, That area was a short boat ride across the Adriatic to Rome, So Paul’s saying he’s been moving in Rome’s direction, but his mission kept him focused on other areas first. They later accompanied Paul to Ephesus, where after Paul left they helped Apollos get straightened out in his doctrine (Acts 18:24-26). 12:1-2) In the Book of Acts, we see whole households coming to faith (2:39, “you and your children”; 10:1-48, Cornelius; 16:15, Lydia; 16:31-34, the Philippian jailer). Romans 5, Lesson 2 (PDF) Romans Message Notes, June 16 . Also, if they don’t maintain an emphasis on outreach and healthy growth by division, they can become ingrown. 16 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. I encourage you to plug in to one. Romans Lesson 16. These verses show that Paul knew many of the saints in Rome by name and some of them closely, even though he had not yet visited Rome. None of them knew that their names would be enshrined in Scripture for millions of Christians down through the ages to read. He also directs the believers in Rome to greet one another with a holy kiss (16:16), a common custom in that culture (1 Cor. He calls Ampliatus “my beloved in the Lord” (16:8). [29] They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. 2015 - The Book of Revelation. You Must Hear the Gospel. Romans 16 We will begin this lesson in Romans 7:7, "What shall we say then? Amen. ... Eph. Scripture: Romans 16:25–27. WBS STUDY OF ROMANS - WEEK 26 Romans: A Reasoned Faith - Romans - Chapter 16, Lesson 16 april 21, 2016 The schedule for the remaining weeks: April 28 REFLECTION – Chapters 9-16 May 5 Review of Romans 1-16 (questions on pages 75-76 of workbook) May 12 FELLOWSHIP Our summer session.… Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans A Final Prayer. But Paul got burned too (2 Tim. There should be no benchwarmers in the body of Christ. The Righteous Shall Live by Faith - Romans 1:1-17 It is of some interest that the last time we did a series on Romans this section of Scripture was skipped entirely. 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Prisca and Aquila (16:3) were fellow tentmakers and fellow Jews with Paul, as were the others in this chapter whom he calls “my kinsmen” (16:7, 11, 21). ICEBREAKER . Romans 16:25-27 I’m not comfortable creating and posting my paraphrase here, so what follows is from The New Living Translation. 5:14). Romans 16 concludes with the personal page—attention to the details of individual lives. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. John Piper Dec 17, 2006 214 Shares Sermon. Lesson 24: Romans 15-16 Class Handout for Lesson 24 Class Notes for Lesson 24 Audio Copy of Lesson 24 (MP3 format) God's Plan of Salvation. It would have been men with men and women with women. Husbands and wives can find great joy in working together for the Lord. 11:3-16; 14:34-38) is not sound interpretation (Moo, p. 927; Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker], p. 797). As you read through Romans 16:1-16 printed below, your instructions is to underline or circle all the adjectives that Paul uses to describe the people he mentions. God forbid. Even though our names will never be in Scripture and none of us will probably be recognized or remembered by the world, God knows your name and you are important to Him. [is] the law sin? Freedom is the power to do as you should. God forbid. 541-482-8644 . So the church in Rome was made up of these ordinary but diverse people. There is controversy, especially about homosexuality, but … Persis (another woman) “has worked hard in the Lord” (16:12). Romans 2:12-3:26 Lesson Four …. The wrath of God. Romans 8:5-27 What a tribute to the glorious gospel that saves ordinary, diverse people from every walk of life and places them “in Christ”! In chapter 1:16-17 of Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Paul states the theme of the letter, To Him Be Glory Forevermore. (affiliate link) Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as … The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. Paul also mentions Mary, “who has worked hard for you” (16:6). And the individuals greeted here can motivate and encourage each of us to be all that God wants us to be. She was probably a single, wealthy business woman (she was a “helper” or “patroness” or “benefactor” of many, including Paul). 1. Thus Joab, pretending great friendship to Amasa, took him by the beard to kiss him, when he slew him, 2 Samuel 20:9.Our Lord says to Simon, Luke 7:45, Thou gavest me no kiss; meaning, that he had not expressed such affection to him as the woman had done who kissed his feet. seven individual motivational gifts. But if this is so, Paul was using “apostles” to refer to traveling missionaries (Moo, p. 924), not to those with special authority over the churches as was given to the twelve and to Paul. 2018 - People of the Promised Land I The Names of God. 2011 - Acts of the Apostles 2011. But before I do, let me say that this chapter dispels the notion that Paul was a non-relational theologian who was so wrapped up in his study that he didn’t care about people. 16:19). None of the people listed in Romans 16 were famous or powerful in the world’s eyes. Printable Study Guide. They work hard together for the Lord. Paul urges the church to extend hospitality to Phoebe, whom he calls “our sister.” She was family. also greet the church that is in their house. So rather than skip over them quickly, we need to think about, “What food for my soul is here for me?” You have to dig a bit, but when you do you come up with some nuggets that make the search worthwhile. How would he commend or correct us? As we’ve seen, there were tensions between the Gentile and Jewish segments of the church in Rome. 57-58) John Piper lists dozens of ministries that women can serve in. Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans A Final Prayer. A Study on Romans 4:16-25 by Dr. Jack L. Arnold. He has given you an important role to play in His kingdom purposes. 2017 - The Book of Romans. Romans 1:1-2:11 Lesson Three …. Lesson 28. He’s about to appeal to a church run by Jewish leaders asking them to fund his mission work to reach Gentiles in Spain, But before he does, he mentions his upcoming trip where he will deliver generous Gentile support to a needy Jewish church, So as the Jews are being blessed by Gentile believers, so it should be that these Jewish believers might bless future Gentiles in Spain, Notice Paul then says in vs.28-29 that as he comes back this way and stops in Rome, he will expect to to be sent on to Spain by the Roman church, To be sent on means to be supported in that journey, Notice he adds that when he comes he will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ, Paul is referring to the blessing Christ would bestow upon the church in Rome on the occasion of Paul’s visit and by way of his teaching and leadership, Paul was not an immodest man, as his letters demonstrate, So when Paul says this, he isn’t complimenting himself, He’s simply acknowledging the work the Lord was prepared to do through him in keeping with his role as an apostle, So the deal he’s offering the church in Rome is simple, He intends to come to that church so that he might bless them in their mission, And so that they might bless him in his mission, Paul isn’t interested in becoming wealthy and he’s not interested in visiting Rome merely for the attention it will give him, For Paul, everything is about the mission of the Church, And therefore Paul turns to making a specific request for support…for prayer support, The financial support Paul needed could only come once he arrived in the city of Rome, But the prayer support could start immediately and would be even more powerful, Paul didn’t urge the church to support him financially, but he urges them to pray, He refers to their prayers on behalf of his ministry work as striving together with Paul, It’s a great way to understand your opportunity to pray for others in their ministry, First, it’s a joining with another person, God will accomplish more through two members of the body united in this way than by individuals working apart, Even though one is using hands and feet while the other is using prayer, they are still joined spiritually, And in eternity we will understand how the Lord used these together to accomplish more to His glory, Obviously, Paul’s long and dangerous journeys were a form of striving for Paul, But the Romans’ prayers for Paul were equally striving, In fact the Greek word for strive is actually a compound word made up of the Greek words “together” and “fighting”, So it conveys the idea of fighting together, If you have ever tried to pray for someone else’s ministry work on a continual basis, then you know full well that it is striving, You are fighting with the other person against a common enemy, The enemy will resist their work in the field in one way, And he will resist your work on your knees in other ways, But both of you will be striving if you’re working at all, So as you consider your opportunities to support ministry, remember there are two types of support we should offer the work of the church, One occurs in a moment, the other is continuous, One has delayed effect, the other has immediate effect, One enables the work, the other enables success, Interestingly, Paul did return to Rome directly after visiting Jerusalem, though he entered Rome in chains, Jews conspired to have Paul arrested by Roman authorities while in Jerusalem, As a Roman citizen, he appealed to be tried by Caesar (which was a Roman right), Which then led Rome to transport Paul for free to Rome, Paul spent two years in house arrest awaiting trial, And according to reliable early church records, Paul eventually left Rome with their support and indeed went to Spain for a time, Later, after several years, Paul returned to Rome, This time he was executed by Nero, according to church tradition, Countless men and women will be in the kingdom either directly or indirectly due to Paul and his writings, So in a sense, those in Rome who funded and prayed for Paul’s work were striving with Paul for all those gains as well, At this point, the letter is essentially complete…but for greetings in Chapter 16, We will read the chapter – and I will do my best not to butcher the names – and then we will consider a few historical facts along the way, Chapter 16 is a very personal list of thoughts and greetings, He mentions 36 names, 8 who are with Paul in Corinth and the rest are those he greets in Rome, He also mentioned two households and three house churches, Most of the names are Gentile, reflecting the growing population of Gentiles in that church, It is interesting that Paul could name so many people in Rome and yet had never visited the city, As I mentioned earlier, Paul lists so many names because not having visited, he wanted to affirm his connection to this church, Also, Paul has probably made some personal contacts with those who left Rome to come visit him, So in fellowship, he greets them to be polite and loving, As Wiersbe observed, Paul was a friend-maker as well as a soul winner, The first name Paul mentions, Phoebe, is the one who carried this letter to Rome from Corinth from where Paul wrote it, The word in Greek is diakonos, which means servant or minister or deacon, Illustrating that from the beginning woman have played an important and even prominent role in the church, The list from v.3–v.16 includes many Latin or Greek names (or possibly they are Jews with Greek names like Paul), Priscilla and Aquila met Paul in Corinth when they fled Rome after the Emperor Claudius ordered Jews to leave Rome, They were also tent makers and as Paul says, they risked their lives for him, Paul took them to Ephesus with him where they helped Apollos, Later they moved back to Rome and had a church in their home, We also read about them being back in Ephesus with Timothy at one point, The first convert from Asia refers to Ephesus, (Asia Minor) not modern day Asia, The reference in v.7 to apostles who were in Christ before Paul is striking, Notice these men are called apostles yet they are not among the twelve nor mentioned anywhere else in scripture, This is further evidence that there were numerous apostles not given high profile in scripture, Looking at verse 10, Paul greets not Aristobulus but the man’s household, Paul is probably referring to the slaves of that household who had become believers, yet Aristobulus himself had not, Rufus may have been the son of Simon of Cyrene who helped carry Christ’s cross, And apparently his mother was like a mother to Paul at some point, And in v.14, the brethren is probably a reference to another house church, Interestingly, Paul interrupts his greetings to issue a brief warning against the activity of false teachers in the church, In v.17 Paul asks the church to keep a watchful eye for these guys, They will know them because they cause dissensions, They create hinderances to obedience to the word, This is an example of fruit from trees, to use Jesus’ metaphor from Matthew 12, You may not immediately know if a teaching is correct, but if it’s a lie from the enemy, his fingerprints will be all over it, It’s effect will be negative on holiness, obedience and unity, People will not be edified by its introduction, they will be harmed, People will move away from sound doctrine as a result, which is why the enemy sows bad teaching in the church in the first place, Paul asks the church to take note of this pattern allowing it to inform their understanding of those who spread such teaching, Men who have this impact on the church are slaves of sin, not of Christ, So we’re not talking about mistaken believers teaching falsely, We’re talking about unbelievers intentionally manipulating the body for their own purposes, They use smooth speech, which means they are well-spoken, And they ingratiate themselves with flattery which is a subtle form of lying, In other words, their style covers for their lack of substance, They offer the church candy-coated poison for the soul, And in that way they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting, Paul and other New Testament writers offer a great deal more information about dealing with false teachers in other letters (especially Jude), So for now, Paul simply issues this warning in passing, I suspect he does this because at this time in history Paul was especially troubled by false teachers hounding him as he traveled, The mid-century saw a particularly strong rise in false teaching around Judaism and the Law as well as other heresies, So Paul may have become concerned that his interest in going to Rome might lead false teachers to get there before him, Also in v.19 Paul seems to think that the report of Rome’s good teaching and steady adherence to true doctrine could provoke the enemy to respond, But in v.20 Paul says the enemy is destined to be crushed under Christ’s feet, So though today Satan sows confusion in the church with false teaching, it will not change the end result for him, Nevertheless, Paul calls upon the Roman church to be wise in what is good and innocent of evil, This is a powerful statement about avoiding the enemy’s schemes, First be wise in what is good, what is true, what is in the Bible, Have a firm understanding of proper things so you will be in a position to identify the lies of the enemy, In this, the enemy will find it much harder to deceive you, Secondly, we must remain innocent of evil, If we voluntarily engage in sin, we open ourselves to condemnation and self-destruction, And the enemy can exploit our misdeeds to compromise our witness or distract us from our service, But if we remain informed of the truth and committed to walking in obedience and in love, the enemy has a much tougher job, At that point he can only tempt us to fall, And if we don’t take the temptation, we are outside his reach, Easier said than done, but that’s the formula, Finally, Paul’s great letter ends with a final salutation, The 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