Romans Week 7: Day 4

Read

Read Romans 16: 1 - 27

Explore

What does Paul commend the various people for?  

What can we glean about the early church from verses 1 – 16? 

What does Paul warn the Romans about?  (v17 – 20) 

How does Paul describe the gospel? (v25 – 26)

Apply

Paul outlines the recipe for destroying a church in verses 17 – 20: 

·      Divisions and obstacles caused by false teaching 

·      People who do not serve others but serve themselves 

Paul then outlines how the Romans can counter this: 

·      Be obedient 

·      Be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil 

Paul wants the Romans to be able to discern what is evil or false and then avoid it.  We should have the same discerning minds in our own churches so as to avoid the painful distraction of disunity.  John Stott, in his commentary on the passage, outlines three helpful questions we can ask when we are dealing with an issue in the church: 

1.     Does it agree with scripture? 

2.     Does it glorify the Lord Jesus Christ?  

3.     Does it promote goodness? [1] 

Pray

  • Thank God for the unity that we have so far enjoyed at Providence and ask God to preserve it  

  • Pray that we will be discerning about the the teaching we follow and obedient to the faith

  • Ask God to bring more people into our churches so that they can hear the gospel and give their lives to Jesus

[1] Stott, J. R. W. (2001). The message of Romans: God’s good news for the world(p. 400). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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