QT – Romans 16

Vs. 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.”  The apostle Paul first takes the time to thank many people (26 people) for their contribution in the ministry of the Gospel!  What a wonderful example of being thankful for others and it shows us Paul’s deep relationship with so many.  Paul goes on to exhort us to be careful with how we approach our lives and discerning what is good and what is evil.  As the early church was growing, leaders naturally began to rise up…but some of them were leading people astray.  

Regarding application…Know What is Right..  Vs. 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.”  Always weigh what someone teaches from the Bible with Scripture.  Always.  Don’t be naive with preachers just because they proclaim the name of Jesus.  Like vs. 19, be wise but also innocent.  Jesus would remind us how during the end times, many would come preaching in His name.  As you desire to grow, the enemy will surely try to bring distractions and false teachings our way.  The more you know His word, the more you will be able to know what is right!