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October 27-A Commendable Woman: Phoebe-(Romans 16:1-2)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday we are going to have a churchwide fellowship at 10:00am instead of Adult Education and Sunday School. Coffee and muffins will be served in the lobby. 

Worship Songs

10,000 Reasons
Come Thou Fount
O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) 

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Kanuri, Yerwa in Nigeria.

Romans 16:1-2

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.

Summary

As Paul began his letter with greetings, so he closes his letter. In this final chapter Paul greets close to 30 people by name (close to a 1/3 are women).  Far from being simply a theological treatise, you see the heart of Paul as he greets, give thanks and encourages those who are family to him.  Giving greetings to others was not unusual in the ancient world but what is special in Romans is his glowing commendation of a Greek woman, Phoebe. She is commended in this letter for her faith, service and partnership in the gospel.  I want to only look at these 2 verses to see what makes her such an exemplary women in the faith.  I pray that she might be an example, a testimony to God's call upon women to engage fully in the work of ministry of the gospel. 

Review and Apply

What made Phoebe worthy of commendation by Paul?

What was one characteristic of Phoebe that surprised or encouraged you?

How was your view of women in ministry challenged or strengthened?

If someone were to write a letter of commendation for you, what would be said?

How does Christian hospitality differ from general hospitality?  Where have you seen it practiced?

In what ways are you serving the church?

How and when have you commended those who serve the church?