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November 28, 2021

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What is Romans as a whole about?
 

Paul’s introductions and conclusions often contain the main ideas of the letter as a whole.
 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God  —  which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures —  concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead. Through him we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the Gentiles, including you who are also called by Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1-6
 

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles —  to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ — to him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 16:25-27
 

Romans is about how the good news of Jesus brings all peoples together, no matter who they are, for the sake of obedience to God.
 

What does it take for Christians who differ to live together in peace?
 

The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and yet innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Romans 16:19-20
 

sophos
σοφός
Wise, expert, skilled
 

What does it take for Christians who differ to live together in peace?
1. We must grow skillful in the things that lead to peace.
– Not judging others.
– Not fighting over things that don’t matter.
– Not assuming things about others.
– Listening before speaking.
– Recognizing our own blindspots.
– Thinking from other people’s perspective.
 

Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Romans 16:17-18
 

What does it take for Christians who differ to live together in peace?
2. We must not be deceived into thinking that we’re the only “good Christians”.
 

3. We must be a community where no group is marginalized and where outsiders become insiders.
 

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae.

Romans 16:1
 

Women who “worked hard”:
– Mary
– Tryphaena
– Tryphosa
– Persis
 

xīn kǔ le
辛苦了
You worked hard
 

Likely slaves and former slaves:
– Ampliatus
– Asyncritus
– Hermas
– Hermes
– Julia
– Junia
– Nereus
– Patrobas
– Persis
– Phlegon
– Tryphaena
– Tryphosa
 

The gospel demands that Christians live in communities where no one is marginalized, where there are no outsiders.
 

[Christians] show that they want and are able to convince only the foolish, dishonorable and stupid, only slaves, women and little children. – Celsus
 

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed.

Luke 4:18
 

What does it take for Christians who differ to live together in peace?
1. We must grow skillful in the things that lead to peace.
2. We must not be deceived into thinking that we’re the only “good Christians”.
3. We must be a community where no group is marginalized and where outsiders become
insiders.
 

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I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae. So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many — and of me also. Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life. Not only do I thank them, but so do all the Gentile churches. Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews and fellow prisoners. They are noteworthy in the eyes of the apostles, and they were also in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked very hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother — and mine. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Romans 16:1-15
 

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13:35
 

As you come to him, a living stone — rejected by people but chosen and honored by God —  you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5
 

Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings. Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Romans 16:16-18
 

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 13:20 NIV
 

The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and yet innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Timothy, my coworker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow countrymen, greet you. I, Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you.

Romans 16:19-23
 

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles —  to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ — to him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 16:25-27
 

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I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae. So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many — and of me also. Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life. Not only do I thank them, but so do all the Gentile churches. Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews and fellow prisoners. They are noteworthy in the eyes of the apostles, and they were also in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked very hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother — and mine. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Romans 16:1-15
 

Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings.

Romans 16:16
 

Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Romans 16:17-18
 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

Romans 1:16-17
 

Paul labors to produce in those whom he writes, a deep sense of excellency of the Gospel, and labors to engage them to act suitably to it. – John Wesley
 

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles —  to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ — to him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 16:25-27
 

Holt Venue

We’re heading to Cancún, Mexico to spend a week with our partners at Back2Back Ministries. If you’re excited about the idea of hanging out with kiddos while serving and encouraging the staff there, we’d love for you to sign up and join the team!

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Come celebrate the Christmas season with Riv’s MSU Venue! We’ll be having a Christmas themed dessert potluck, so bring something festive! We’ll have a photo booth, a hot cocoa bar, a fun group game, an optional White Elephant exchange, and an Ugly Sweater Catwalk Contest!

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We’ll be having Parent Child Dedications during Weekend Service at our Holt, REO Town, and Westside Venues on December 5. If you’d like to take this opportunity to dedicate your child(ren), we’d love to talk with you! Please click your venue below to sign up.

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