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Summary: Paul concludes the letter to the Romans with commendations, personal greetings, a final warning, and a doxology of praise that will ring true in Heaven from the day it was penned until eternity!

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Romans, Part 45

Romans 16:1-27

Introduction

- This evening we complete the Book of Romans in great Pauline fashion

- Paul has a knack for writing encouragements, and this really sums it up

- It has taken us 45 sermons to get to this point; prayerfully it won’t disappoint

- Stand and read Romans 16:1-27 / Pray

Point 1 – Commendation for Phoebe (1-2)

- Letters of commendation were well known in Paul’s time; form of thanks

- Phoebe is a woman in the church who is a servant of the church and Christ

- Greek word Paul uses here is diaconos – which in literal meaning is servant

-- They were regarded as an element of the "ministry" - minister, servant, and deacon all originated from the same Greek word.

- Deacons primarily served (diakonein) the physical needs of people (so that …)

- Apostles could concentrate on ministering (diakonia) the Word of God

- APP: Deacons serve today so that Pastors can concentrate on study of the Word

- In short, Phoebe is a Deaconess in the church at Cenchreae

-- Phil 4:1-3 also talks about Euodia and Syntyche, also Deaconess’s in the church

- Phoebe was most likely the carrier of this letter to the church in Rome

- She was considered a faithful helper to Paul and in this he’s taking care of her

- He wanted church to welcome her there; and assist her as they were able

-- This is another example of comfort and lifting one another up in the church

- TRANS: Everyone likes to receive comfort and greetings from friends

Point 2 – Personal Greetings (3-16, 21-23)

- 26 people are named; nowhere else does he mention so many in his letters

- Paul reveals his knowledge of them (because they are friends)

-- The implication is that there are people Paul knew who moved to Rome

-- After they were converted, they went to be a part of the culture there

- Paul also sends greetings to those believers in Rome from his companions

- Most likely, these are people from the church in Corinth

- Timothy is mentioned specifically and we know that he was a good friend

-- Friends in the ministry are important to Paul

-- Just as they should be important to us as well; confidants are needed

- TRANS: But sometimes, we need to be careful of those who seek to tear apart

Point 3 – Warning Against those who Cause Dissention (17-20)

- In every church, there are those who seek to cause dissention and problems

-- It is inevitable, and often times very difficult to even identify who they are

-- Many of these are easy to spot though; rebellious, self-serving, smooth talking

-- APP: They seek to divide and conquer; and Paul warns strongly against them

- Those that act like this are to be avoided; and in some cases; cast out

- Believers would do good to remember that Satan will be defeated

- V20 tells us very clearly that Satan would be crushed under our feet

- But, because of sin there will ALWAYS be this division of man and Satan

-- Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

- TRANS: Finally, we come to the conclusion of this tremendous letter!


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