Romans 16:1-2 – “I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.”
Now begins the second ending of Paul’s letter. Study each character he names in his list of commendations and salutations. Who were these people? What did each of them do to earn a permanent place in the canon of God’s Word? Were they all “superstars” of the faith, or were some of them ordinary people, doing what they felt the Lord leading them to do? Consider Phebe: why was she mentioned first? What does it mean to be a servant of the church? What business would she have in Rome, if she is serving the church in Cenchrea? How might Phebe compare to someone we call “saint” today? What does it take to become a saint? Does your denomination or group have a list of qualifications for achieving sainthood? Have you ever used the word, “succor”? What is the modern equivalent? Are you a succourer?