romans 16a love and friendship

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Never forget your friends; acknowledge them, brag on them, and above all, be true to them.


  • 1. 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 June 5, 2011

2. Romans 161I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: Phoebe (which means bright, radiant) was Pauls emissary todeliver this letter , so he wrote officially, I commend to you our sister Phoebe.The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. Servant =Diakonos= same word for deacon. She may have had thetitle , or she may have just done theworkwithout the title. 3. 2That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. Succorer = a help in time of need. 4. Paul told the Christians at Rome to : 1 Receive herin the Lord, as becomethsaints . Christians are toaccept one another , as Jesus has accepted us. Doubt, suspicions, mistrust, and criticism arenot Christian virtues . 2Help her in any way she needed them. Why?Because she had helped others in many ways, including the Apostle Paul. 5. 3Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:4Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.Paul met thishusband and wife teaminCorinthon his second missionary journey. He worked with them in theirtent-makingbusiness . 6. They had, on some occasion,riskedtheir ownlivesto save Paul'slife. They had been instrumental inspreading the Gospelto all the churches of the Gentiles. 7. 5Likewisegreetthe church that is in their house.House-churcheswere common in the early church. They didn't feel they had tobuilda greatcathedralin which to meet. But we know they wereinterconnected , because Paul wouldwriteone letter to the church in a city, and it would get toeveryone . 8. 5bSalute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first-fruits of Achaia unto Christ.Epaenetus was thefirstto getsavedin that area. Achaia was an area of what isnow mostly Greece , including the cities ofCorinth ,Sparta , andAthens . 9. 6GreetMary , who bestowedmuch laboron us.Hard work isworthyof special mention. 7SaluteAndronicus and Junia , mykinsmen , and myfellow-prisoners , who are of note among the apostles, who also werein Christ before me .Paul was of theTribe of Benjamin , and that is probably the kinship spoken of. 10. They also had aspecial bondin that they hadbeen inprison togetherbecause of their ministry. Shared hardshipbuilds special relationships. They had been Christianseven longerthan Paul. All of the apostlesrespectedthem for theirfaithfulness . 11. 8Greet Amplias mybelovedin the Lord.9Salute Urbane, ourhelperin Christ, and St a chys mybeloved .10Salute Apellesapprovedin Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus'household .11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of thehouseholdof Narcissus, which arein the Lord .12Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, wholaborin the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, whichlabored muchin the Lord. 12. 13Salute Rufuschosenin the Lord, and his mother and mine(she had been like a mother to Paul) .14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas,Pat robas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.15Salute Philologus(lover of words) , and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you. 13. Even though Paul hadneverbeen to Rome, he knew alot of peoplewho were there at this time. In spite ofhis ownlabors, trials, care for the churches, Paulrememberedandmentioned them . We need to remember our friends, acknow-ledge them, brag on them,be trueto them. 14. We canlearn muchfrom this passage of Scripture. Thequalitiesthat Paul mentioned are qualities that areusefulin the Kingdom of God. They areChristian virtues . 15. A servant's heart Willingness tohelpaccomplish a goal Willingness torisk all-- even our lives Matthew 2540 Inasmuch as ye have doneitunto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have doneitunto Me. Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. ~ Edward H. Harriman 16. Andronicus and Junia were old andfaithfulservants of God. God honors faithfulness . Faithfulness isnot measuredin a month, or a year, or even indecades of service . 17. 16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.Romans 1210Bekindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; The only things that we arebuilding down herethat willbe with usin Heaven are relationships. Everything else is going toburn and meltwith fervent heat. 18. Connie and I will be gonenext Sundayto celebrate Uncle Reid's eightieth birthday. DeRidder, Louisiana Paul Daviswill conduct the services in my absence. Be sure to come and support him in every way.