Nov 29, 2021 |From Faith to Faith

Greetings and Goodbyes

11.29.21 | From Faith to Faith

Greetings and Goodbyes

Tony Pyle

ROMANS 16:1-27

It is unity within diversity that defines the Church. Do you view yourself and others who are different from you as united under the Gospel of Jesus? Pastor Tony Pyle closes out our series in Romans by reminding us that nothing else comes close to the worth and value of the Gospel in our lives.

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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

Think back to our time through the book of Romans. Have any Scripture passages especially challenged you or encouraged you?

What strikes you about the list of people Paul sends greetings to in Romans 16:1-16? What do we learn about faith and the church from this list?

What does pursuing friendship with others look like for you in this season of life?

Why is it important for us to pursue friendships both in and out of the church?

Read Romans 1:16-17. How is the Gospel changing you? How have you grown since we started studying Romans in October of 2020?