DAILY BIBLE READING December 31st, 2018 ROMANS 16:17-27 (GNT)


December 31st, 2018
ROMANS 16:17-27
(GNT)
Growing with God’s Word in Love and Joy

INTRODUCTION
Romans 16:17-27: After delivering personal greetings to these who have partnered with him in preaching the gospel, the apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Romans with final instructions,
warning against corrupt teachings and offering a prayer of praise.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 16:27
To the only God, who alone is all-wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.
TODAY'S READING
FINAL INSTRUCTIONS
17I urge you, my friends: watch out for those who cause divisions and upset people's faith and go against the teaching which you have received. Keep away from them!18For those who do such things are not serving Christ our Lord, but their own appetites. By their fine words and flattering speech they deceive innocent people.19Everyone has heard of your loyalty to the gospel, and for this reason I am happy about you. I want you to be wise about what is good, but innocent in what is evil.20And God, our source of peace, will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

21 Timothy, my fellow worker, sends you his greetings; and so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, fellow Jews.

22I, Tertius, the writer of this letter, send you Christian greetings.

23 My host Gaius, in whose house the church meets, sends you his greetings; Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.

CONCLUDING PRAYER OF PRAISE
25Let us give glory to God! He is able to make you stand firm in your faith, according to the Good News I preach about Jesus Christ and according to the revelation of the secret truth which was hidden for long ages in the past.26Now, however, that truth has been brought out into the open through the writings of the prophets; and by the command of the eternal God it is made known to all nations, so that all may believe and obey.

27To the only God, who alone is all-wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.

REFLECT
Reread verses 17-20. What warning does Paul give? Why? Is Paul’s warning relevant for Christians today? Why or why not? What can you do to avoid being misled by false teachings?
For what will you praise God today?
PRAY
Lord God, you alone are God; you alone are all-wise. Help me today and in the coming year to stand firm in faith. To you be glory forever and ever! Amen.

PRAYER CONCERN
Those renewing their commitment to Bible study and prayer in the coming year

TOMORROW'S READING
Hebrews 1:1-14: The greatness of God’s Son

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