Reflections for Worship – Romans 16:1-16

One biblical scholar writes that Romans 16 “is one of the most instructive chapters of the New Testament because it encourages personal relationships of love in the church.”
—  Emil Brunner

The warmth of Christian friendship evident in these verses (with so many indications of warm affection) reminds us that in a world of fractured families the church is so often the first family where men and women find the warmth for which they long. But they find it not in being passengers but rather by being active servants alongside others.
—   Christopher Ash

Every person wants two things in life:  Adventure and security.
Only in Christianity do you get both.
— G.K. Chesterton

It is right to risk for the cause of Christ. It is right to engage the enemy and say, “May the LORD do what seems good to him.” It is right to serve the people of God, and say, “If I perish, I perish!” It is right to stand before the fiery furnace of affliction and refuse to bow down to the gods of this world. This is the road that leads to fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. At the end of every other road – secure and risk-free – we will put our face in our hands and say, “I’ve wasted it!”
—  John Piper

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