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Romans Chapter 16

February 16, 20130 Comments

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Romans. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Today is known as Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a preparation for Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus! During Lent, we are to consider three main elements of the spiritual life, prayer, fasting, and giving. We are going to be talking about these things in the week ahead as we consider the reality of the spiritual battle that we are engaged in as followers of Jesus and the importance of staying focused spiritually.

As we look at Romans 16 today, we are going to talk about the blessing of being involved in community with other believers.

As we look at Romans 16, think about the amazing transformation that has happened in Paul’s life in Christ, as he goes from Saul, a lonely, hard hearted, 30 year old Pharisee, to Paul the apostle, a man of warmth and love, wrapped in the comforting cloak of Christian friends.

Romans 16:1-27 (NIV)
1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. 5 Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. 8 Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. 12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brothers with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the saints with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings. 17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives. 22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. 24 25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him– 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Here at the Vineyard, we believe in building community by leaning on a process we developed based on the acronym FOUND, which means:

Fostering Outward Upward Natural Disciples

The process

1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)
9 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you— 10 from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

1. Found by Jesus

1 Peter 2:9a (MSG)
9 But you are the ones chosen by God

Saved and baptized.

2. Found a Friend

1 Peter 2:9b (MSG)
9 chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people,

You are called into the community of God’s holy people. We have talked about holiness before and I have said that real holiness is not best defined by living a life on a mountaintop alone, but learning to love well in the midst of broken people. You need to connect with God’s people. Get involved in a Bible study, the mid-week service, affinity groups, etc. Invite other believers over for dinner, or out to lunch. You need to be actively involved in this process.

3. Found a Job

1 Peter 2:9c (MSG)
9God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you

As we have discussed, we are called to be His ambassadors. We are called to ministry. Like Jesus, we are called to serve, not to be served. Everyone should ultimately be involved in some sort of ongoing regular ministry. We have an endless supply of ministry opportunities here. Like, hospitality, cleaning, greeting, prayer, worship, affinity group leader, children’s church, maintenance, foyer volunteers, sign wavers, office help, outreaches, encouraging 2 people, inviting people, etc.

4. Found a Home

1 Peter 2:10 (MSG)
10 from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

As a believer, disciple, a person living a radical life, this is important. Connecting, belonging, serving. This is where I fit. This is my family. This is my home.
And as Paul demonstrates in Romans 16, being in Christian Community is one of the greatest blessings of our lives.

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