Family on Mission.
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 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.
3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 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. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. 8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
As you read through the saints that Paul was noting what did you think? Did you see any examples to follow? Note them on a piece of paper and keep the paper before you until the example they set for you is the example you are setting for others.
Did you see how all the parts of the body are necessary to accomplish the work of God in the world?
Paul was helped by each of the saints named according to their assignments from God. He did not accomplish his God-given assignments on his own. He always worked with others along the way.
What list would you make from your local church of people who worked with you to accomplish God’s work in the world?
Write out a list like Paul did mentioning the contribution of each person. God’s work is accomplished by the Body of Christ. We each have a significant part to do.
What would Paul have written about you if you were in the local church of Rome?
May you know the importance of team and keep jumping in to give and serve with your local church.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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