Lesser known characters :: Phebe


When Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Romans, he starts out by referring to Phebe as a sister and commends her as a servant of the church. Phebe supposedly is one of the first female deacons in the Church that was at Cenchrea. Apostle Paul then requests that the Romans receive her as they do saints, and assist her in whatever means, because she was a succourer of many, including Paul himself. To be succourer is to help someone in times of distress and need (Romans 16:1-2).

What can we learn from Phebe?

Phebe was a sister, a servant (of the Church), a saint, and a succourer.
Like Phebe, can we treat others as our own (brothers and sisters), treat ourselves as servants of the Church of God, be sanctified by believing in Jesus Christ to be his saints and an aide by sharing our faith with those who are in distress under the bondage of the devil and in need of a Savior.

Romans 16:1-2 (KJV)
1
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

2 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.