Five Keys to Authentic Community (Romans 16:1-16)

We all desperately need community. This hit me again with great force recently as I was watching the movie "The Count of Monte Cristo" starting James Caviezel as Edmond Dantes. Abbe Faria, aka the Priest, becomes a lifeline to the weary Dantes during his stay at the prison, Chateau d'if. Abbe is a great scholar … Continue reading Five Keys to Authentic Community (Romans 16:1-16)

Demands and Delights of Advancing the Gospel (Romans 16:1-16)

Demands of Advancing the Gospel 1. It demands sacrifice and hard work (vv. 1-2, 6, 12 - Tryphaena and Tryphosa, v.12 - Persis - "who has worked hard in the Lord") 2. It demands taking risk (v.4) 3. It demands a willingness to suffer (v.7 - fellow prisoners) Delights of Advancing the Gospel 1. With … Continue reading Demands and Delights of Advancing the Gospel (Romans 16:1-16)

Worship Reflections – Romans 16:17-27

‘The only wise God’ deserves all praise, honor, and glory since He is the originator and sustainer of His wonderful plan for redemption. His objective “to bring about the obedience of faith” from among the nations will be realized (Romans 16:26). Satan is the accuser of Christians who undermines grace and assurance, makes Christians insecure, … Continue reading Worship Reflections – Romans 16:17-27

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 … Continue reading Reflections for Worship – Romans 16:1-16