In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.
The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.
Reading: Romans 16:8-16
8 Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10 Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test.
Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew.
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 other brothers and sisters with them.
15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ send greetings.
Build Me Up, Buttercup | Marianne Toovey
Along with all the names Paul mentions in these 7 verses, he adds a special quality – things like, “my dear friend,” “a good man whom Christ approves,” “the Lord’s workers,” etc. Paul was sharing these uplifting words to build them up and encourage them. But it wasn’t flattery, he was being sincere.
Flattery is nice sometimes, but usually has a motive behind it – or at the very least, isn’t genuine. That good feeling eventually fades. But a genuine compliment can motivate me to continue doing my best. I’d imagine the same is true for others. I want to build up my family, my friends, and my church so that they know they are loved and appreciated and will continue doing their best for God. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone followed Paul’s example here.
Dear God, I want to be like Paul. Help me to encourage my loved ones so that they continue to strive to be the person You want them to be. Give me the right words to say. Thank You for all the encouragement You’ve given me and for setting the perfect example! I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.