Happy Monday, May 7th. This morning we begin our last week and last Chapter in the book of Romans. It has been a joy to journey together as we have grown deeper into Jesus' revealed righteousness! Today's passage might appear to be mundane but don't miss the profound truth we discover about the forming church in Rome and how vital it is that we are locally known.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Who are the people who know you by your name?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for the local community of believers he has connected you with- pray for them by name.
DISCOVER [Romans 16.1-16 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae,2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. 3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 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. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
_ How many people does Paul list in these 16 verses?
_ Take some time to read through the notes on each person, what do you notice about Paul's language?
_ Why do you think Paul devotes this much time to this seemingly mundane part of Romans?
_ What does this passage teach us about the relational nature of the first planted churches?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are you known the local church you are part of? Do you know people?
_ How is Jesus calling you to step into knownness in new ways?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?