Affirmation

Your commitment to Christ’s message is known throughout the world. I’m happy for you, but I want you to use wisdom in discerning what is right, keeping innocent people from being misled. (Romans 16:19 by Frank ball)

Romans 16 by Frank Ball
Romans 16 NIV
Romans 16 In Your Bible

Paul closes his letter to the Romans with sincere appreciation to Phoebe – an outstanding servant of the church. He even mentions the first person to receive Jesus Christ in Asia.

Servant Leadership

Paul specifically commends key church leaders who aptly show servant leadership. In addition to Phoebe, he describes trusted colleagues of the same spirit (seventeen men and seven women). Yes, today every church needs both strong spiritual leaders and fellowship in the spirit.

Doxology

Paul encourages believers to stay the course with his teaching and discipleship. Then he concludes with this:

Now to him who is able to establish you in my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen (Romans 16:27-27 NIV).

Prayer: Father, show me how I can best grow in Christ, lead others to Christ, lead a fellowship, and build the body of Christ.

Questions: What does Paul’s example of building Christian leaders show you? How are you serving Jesus within the body of believers? Have you seen other doxologies similar to this one in the Bible? (Check my favorite Jude 24,25.)

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