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The timing of the reading of Romans 16 could not be more perfect as we focus on THE GAME PLAN at Cottonwood Creek.  Paul starts out by recognizing the RIGHT behaviors to look for in others.  In  this final chapter of Romans, several people are recognized.  I highlighted the things for which they were commended:

  1. being a benefactor (financial supporter) vs 2
  2. risking their lives (vs 3)
  3. being the first convert
  4. hosting a church in their home (vs 5)
  5. working hard FOR someone else (vs 6)
  6. going to prison (vs 7)
  7. being a dear friend ( vs 8)
  8. working along side for the Lord, co-worker (vs 9)
  9. being faithful to Christ (vs 10)
  10. working hard in the Lord (vs 12)
  11. acting like a mother to another (vs 13)

Paul ends this chapter with a clear warning about the WRONG behaviors to look for:

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

So, be on the lookout today.


What did I learn from the passage that I didn’t know before?

What did the passage mean to those first century readers?

What does the passage mean to me?

What verse really stuck out to me?

What changes do I need to make in my life?

What verse gives me comfort or wisdom in my trials and difficulties?

What is God’s will for my life?

Is there a verse that I would like to memorize?

Romans 16 (New International Version)

Personal Greetings

16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon[a][b] of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.  Greet Priscilla[c] and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.  Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.  Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.  Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.  Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord.  Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.  10 Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test.  Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.  11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew.  Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.  12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord.  Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has  worked very hard in the Lord.  13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.  14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them.  15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them.  16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

All the churches of Christ send greetings.

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.  The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  21 Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.  22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.  23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.  Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. [24] [e25 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[f] faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.


a.  Romans 16:1 Or servant

b.  Romans 16:1 The word deacon refers here to a Christian designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Phil. 1:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.

c.  Romans 16:3 Greek Prisca, a variant of Priscilla

d.  Romans 16:7 Or are esteemed by

e.  Romans 16:24 Some manuscripts include here May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

f.  Romans 16:26 Or that is