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Paul recommends Phoebe
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This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 2 Corinthians, Romans.

Paul recommends Phoebe

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached August 1, 2023

1 Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess in the church at Cenchrea.

2 Welcome her in the Lord as is appropriate for saints, and provide her with anything she may need from you, for she has assisted many people, including me.

Paul really cared about people. Especially, he cared about the Christians whom he worked with (2 Cor. 11:28-29) and genuinely loved them (2 Cor 11:11). We can see this at the end of his letters. He asks the person who receives each letter to greet certain people on his behalf.

Paul often remembers people who have been kind to him in the past and recommends church leaders whom he approves of. He gives advice to some people and asks Christians to encourage other people. Occasionally he has to warn the church about someone.

The one who delivered the letter to the Romans was Phoebe, a woman well respected for her work in the church in Cenchreae, one of the seaports of Corinth. She had been a tireless helper of Paul and many others, and Paul asks the Roman Christians to welcome her.

Letters of introduction were common in Roman society. Paul introduces Phoebe to the Christians in Rome. Probably she was going to Rome on business for herself. Cenchreae was the east port of Corinth.

The Greek word translated as deaconess is ‘diakonos’. This word may mean that Phoebe had official responsibility as a leader in the church. This woman had used her wealth to support the work of the Christian church. She also encouraged Paul. So Paul asked the Christians in Rome to give her a warm welcome. They should assist her in any way that she needed.

🔷 Women must be encouraged to contribute their best to the growth of the Church and society

🔷 Believers must use their wealth and health in the support of the business of the kingdom of Christ

🔷 Those who are in God’s work must collaborate and support one another

💥 Pray for women in ministry
💥 Ask for empowerment to contribute meaningfully to the work of Christ

The work of Christ is not about envy or hatred. Christian leaders must find value in encouraging and supporting others to grow up with true testimonies. False witnessing and envious reports do not only suffocate the work of Christ but also bring judgement upon us.

In series Bright Morning Reflections