Christ Covenant Community Church (EPC)
Where Everybody Know Your Name
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Romans 16:1–16 (NIV84)
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
5 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.
6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
8 Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10 Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ.
Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my relative.
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 brothers with them.
15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the saints with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ send greetings.
It’s About People
Transformed By The Gospel
Engaged in Mission
It’s About People
Never Powerful Political Movement –
Kingdom Not of this world – John 19:36
Never slick marketing campaign
Advertising, coordinating media
Apostle Paul never built a building,
never ran a building campaign
when he talked about church meant people - 5044
He apparently did rent space to hold meetings
God used these to change the course of history
God’s plan to rescue His damaged and drowning creation
Gospel à Jesus à People
Choose Politics, marketing, programs à Not trusting Gospel
Interesting to ponder
Centuries later – lowpoint in Gospel awareness
building of a cathedral in honor of St Peter in Rome
Sparked the Reformation
Paul knew these people – loved them
Cotton Patch Gospel
United By The Gospel – God’s Activity
Drawn Together by Affinity – point of similarity
Same college, same neighborhood,
Station in life – families with young children, students
I played football for eight years
Churches – often united by an affinity not the Gospel
Ethnic background, Social, political, theological
Many churches rarely get to affinity – I don’t feel welcome
Even fewer ever get beyond affinity
Affinity – common to us, experience, conviction or behavior
Gospel – common experience of what God has done
Group of people Paul knew and loved united in Gospel
I am not ashamed of the Gospel – Rms 1:16
Pheobe – Greek name – probably not Jewish
Deaconess – feminine of same form used to describe the deacons in Acts 6 elsewhere
Plain meaning – woman who was a deacon – held recognized office in the church
From Cenchreae – eastern portion of port city of Corinth
She was trusted and respected enough by Paul - she carried this letter to Rome
Paul was in Corinth for about 1.5 years
Aquila and Priscilla
Acts 18:2 – Jews persecuted by Claudius – moved to Corinth
Meet Paul – in same business – tentmakers – Paul stayed at their home - hospitality
18:18 – they are leaving with Paul
18:26 – meet Apollos – Jewish Scholar from Alexandria, Egypt – eloquent, competent in Scriptures – had come to faith but was still young in faith. P & A explain the Gospel to him “way of God more accurately – 18:26 – Apollos perhaps author of Hebrews
Eventually moved back to Rome – started new church in their home
Roms, I Cor – A church in their house, II Timothy – Paul sending greetings
Epaenetus – same as Stephanus in I Cor
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
Husband and wife – known as apostles
Messengers or the Gospel – missionaries
D.A. Carson – Love in Hard Places
The reason there are so many exhortations in the New Testament for Christians to love other Christians is because . . . the church itself is not made up of natural “friends.” It is made up of natural enemies. What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort [that bind most other groups of people together]. Christians come together not because they form a natural collocation, but because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ and owe him a common allegiance. In this light we are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake. That is the only reason why John 13:34–35 makes sense when Jesus says: “A new command I give you--Love one another as I have loved you.” . . . Christian love will stand out and bear witness to Jesus because it is a display, for Jesus’ sake, of mutual love among social incompatibles. P.61
What about your relationships?
Based on some affinity? Or the Gospel
Nothing wrong with affinity –
But something missing if only affinity
Encouragement of Gospel
Challenge of the Gospel
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Working together to raise kids? Find personal happiness?
God called you together to cultivate character of Christ?
Business – Chic-Fil-A
Not open on Sundays – good behavior – brownie points
Read rationale – care and value of employees
Engaged in Mission
Did serve the world
Romans abandoning babies on hillside
Divided society – slave and free
God’s life in them effected everything they did
Ministry of Christ Covenant
Not our programs or meetings
What you do – classroom, home, work, grocery store
CBTP – relationships not affinity – but gospel mission
NOLA mission trip – outside comfort zone
Sebas – praying – seen grace growing in his heart
Bible – meet God alive enough to pull you out of comfort?
Just bullet points to reinforce guide your behaviors?
Missional Church – Mission Dei – Mission of God
Invite you to join God’s Mission
What He is doing
Be a part of family of CC à
see your life thru week as God’s mission
Only step into that – first respond to God’s love for you
Not because you are so loveable
He is so loving – He would pay price – give gift
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