“For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil” (Romans 16:19). This comment is to a church that Paul had not directly planted or visited. He had wanted to visit this church, but “so often been hindered from coming to” them (15:22). As the beginning of chapter 16 shows, Paul knew the families and individuals in the church. Some had been with him in Asia and were now in Rome.
God has given us the privilege to introduce God’s Plan for His Disciples (GPHD) in many places from east to west, but few give the reaction that the Roman Christians gave to Paul’s teaching through his sixth letter; Romans. He gave them a thorough explanation of the gospel, and their “obedience is known to all.” This gave Paul much joy, especially in his suffering for the sake of Jesus.
We just received a note from the Christians in Managua, Nicaragua, sharing how they are faithfully working through GPHD. “I share what God is doing through the GOD PLAN FOR THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST. Some pastors and friends are asking how we are discipling, and that is when I share the book. We continue to pray and work for a glorious revival in Central America. More people are being added and the grace of the Lord is saving.” (Partly edited)
Our desire is to see God multiply this in every place so obedience is publicly known by others and becomes a powerful influence in making faithful disciples.
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