12/11/2018 — Romans Chapters 14-16
As Paul concludes his inspired letter to the Romans he includes a very clear warning to this young church:
Romans 16: 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
When I read this warning I was reminded of just how much Paul stressed church unity in chapter 14 and 15. And the essential need for humility among believers in serving each other: (Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.)
But each time we assemble in fellowship and especially in worship no words could be more apt than those of:
Romans 15: 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.