Week of April 28 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 16:17-18

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  

Day 1 Read: Romans 16:1-7

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.  

Reflect: What kinds of things are people commended for in this list? What surprises you about the list?

Consider: So here verses 1 and 2 constitute Paul’s recommendation of Phoebe, the bearer of the Epistle. Nothing else is known of her, though her name (Φοιβη [Phoibē]) means bright or radiant. Sister (ἀδελφην [adelphēn]). In Christ, not in the flesh. In some sense Phoebe was a servant or minister of the church in Cenchreae.[1]

Respond: Why is it important that we have coworkers in gospel ministry? What do we miss out on when we try to go at it alone?

[1] A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933), Ro 16:1.