by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 16 (25 of 25)
Harley Howard

Paul's faithful friends

There are various instructions that Paul left with
this church and his first instruction began with a
recommendation for a faithful sister who was a
faithful worker in the church body and in Paul's life
and ministry.

1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a
servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

I introduce to you favorably and stand along with
Phebe, our sister. This is the first noticeable thing
about this sister in Christ, she is called "a sister."
Now whenever Paul describes an older woman, he uses
the term mother or mothers. Of younger women he uses
the word, sisters. Phebe must have been a young
woman, although there's not much written about her in
the scriptures. However we can see that she was one
of Paul's most faithful helpers in the work of
ministry. Younger sisters in any church play a very
vital role in ministry. However, some stand out more
than others and every church has some of them or at
least one of them.

What the church needs today are more sisters, young
ladies, who stand head and shoulders above the rest in
ministry, that can be trusted with great
responsibility as Paul trusted phoebe.

Not only was she described as a sister, but she was
described as a "servant." This word is translated a
deacon, but this does not in any wise endorse the
position of a deaconess in the church. This word is
used of not only a servant, which is its translated
meaning, but also of a "public servant." It is also
used of "Jesus in the gospels." I believe that the
qualifications of Deacons are CLEARLY MALE-GENDERED,
although I know that I am in the minority when I say
that. A careful study of the use of the word wives or
women in the qualification of Deacons show clearly
that when Paul mentions the wives of the man
qualifying for the position of a deacon, it indeed
refers t ...

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