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January 19, 2015



Romans 16:17-18


I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.





Paul had grounds to boast (“reason for boasting”) because Gentiles had come to Jesus Christ through his ministry. In any event, he gave all the credit for what had happened to Jesus “Christ,” who had worked through His servant to bring the Gentiles to obey God “in word and deed.”

Anyone who is a member of the body of Christ must be united in spirit and love. Sad to say, we are divided and segmented. Congregations are in competition as to who can preach the best, what choir is better, or what type of social programs or events congregations are putting together so that it becomes seeker-friendly. Romans was a letter Paul found very difficult to end. There is always more that needs to be said. So before Paul ends he makes a final appeal for his readers to keep away from evil influences.


Memory Verse: James 1:26


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