November 3 - A New Community (Romans 16:3-16)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will begin a new class called "Praying with Paul." Jarrett Fletcher will be teaching on how to grow in our prayer lives by following Paul's example. This class will begin Sunday at 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose room.
All My Ways
O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus (Ebenezer)
Christ is Risen
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Fulani, Fulakund in Senegal.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
Our passage is easy to skip over as there is little in the way of theology or ethics being taught, just a long list of people we don’t know from places we’ve never been being greeted. Is there anything for us? This seems at first like a legit question. The list shares the names of 26 people and about three house churches in Rome.
Yet, I believe there is value in this chapter as you see the unique and affectionate relationships of the saints in the early church in the first century. Please read through the chapter, not simply to try and pronounce the names but note what is said about each one and note the intimacy and specificity of these people and the nature of their community in Rome. How can we profit from this?
Review and Apply
What do we learn about this church from the length of the list?
What description of this church was most surprising to you?
Which characteristics comes closest to describe you?
How would you like to be described?
In what specific way has the gospel motivated you to serve others?
How does the diversity of the saints reflect God's purposes in the world?
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