Friday, September 17, 2021
I Commend unto You Phebe
Rom 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
Rom 16:2 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.
- Paul is Sending Phebe to the Roman Church – vs. 1a*
- Phebe was probably a woman of means and influence which gave her the ability to travel as well as financially support missionary efforts
- For this reason, Paul is sending her to Rome probably with the book of Romans.
- She was a Blessing to the Church in Cenchrea – vs. 1b*
- Cenchrea is a port city 6.5 miles from Corinth
- Cenchrea was probably a wealthy city
- Phebe was known in the area as one that could be a reliable help in the spreading of the gospel.
- She may have even hosted the budding church in her own home.
- She was a servant of the Church in Cenchrea
i. This probably does not mean that she held a formal office of deaconess. One good reason for this is, that there is no other Biblical evidence that such an office existed in the New Testament
1. Philippians 1:1
2. 1 Timothy 3:11-12
3. Acts 6:3
ii. The kind of servant she was, is an example to all of us, whether you hold an official office or not.
1. Matthew 23:8-12
- The Roman Church is to Receive Her as One of their Own – vs. 2a*
- Like in those times it is hard to know who is good and bad, so Paul asks the Roman Church to support Phebe in her travels. They are to receive her just like they would any of the other members of their own church.
i. Romans 1:7
ii. This could include
1. A warm welcome
2. Possibly financial aide
3. Travel supplies
4. Maybe travel passes or protection on the road
- The Roman Church was to Help Her with Whatever She Needed – vs. 2b*
- The support of the Romans church was vital to the success of Phebe’s mission. For their sacrifice they received the precious gift of the book of Romans
i. 3 John 1:5-8
- She Tended to the Needs of Many – vs. 2c*
- The Greek word used to describe Phebe’s ministry was that of a Patroness. She was an ardent supporter of the work of her local church. Her ministry could have been something like that of Dorcas.
i. Acts 9:36-41
- She Tended to the Needs of Paul – vs. 2d*
- Paul humbly admits that she had been an important part of supporting his own personal ministry and travels.
i. Philippians 4:14-20
Friday, September 10, 2021
The God of Peace be with You All
Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Rom 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
Rom 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
Rom 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
1. Paul Begs the Romans Believers to Pray – vs. 30
i. For the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ
1. Hebrews 7:24-25
ii. For the love of the Holy Spirit
1. Romans 8:26-27
iii. When a believer rests on these foundational principles, the Lord produces these 2 characteristics in his prayer life.
a. Ephesians 6:10-13
a. Philippians 2:1-2
2. Paul Begs the Romans Believers to Pray for Him in 4 Specific Ways – vs. 31-33
a. He asks for prayer for protection from the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem – vs. 31a
i. In Philippi Paul was warned as to the coming response of the Jews
1. Acts 21:10-14
b. He asks for prayer that his offering would be accepted by the believing Jews in Jerusalem – vs. 31b
i. This request was partially answered in that Paul was well received by the leadership of the Church in Jerusalem, but later they couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything to help Paul after his arrest in the temple.
1. Acts 21:17-21
c. He asks for protection in his journey back to Rome – vs. 32
i. Paul is protected on his way back. Unfortunately, he endures much trial in his journey after he is arrested in Jerusalem and then turned over to the Roman authorities.
ii. Paul did receive the refreshment he longed for in Rome, because of the initiative of believers like Onesiphorus
1. 2 Timothy 1:16-18
d. His final request is for the Roman Church. He wants them to pray that the God of peace would be with them – vs. 33
i. There is peace for all men
1. Romans 2:10
ii. There is peace for those that are justified
1. Romans 5:1
iii. There is peace for those that are filled with the Holy Spirit
1. Romans 8:6
Saturday, September 4, 2021
That I May Be Comforted Together with You
Rom 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
Rom 15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
Rom 15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.
Rom 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Rom 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Rom 15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
Rom 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
Rom 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
- The Apostle Paul’s Desire – vs. 22-24*
- Paul could not go to Rome because he was busy doing what God had called him to do and that was preaching the gospel on the frontiers – vs. 22*
i. Romans 15:19-20
- Since Paul was completing his task of preaching on the frontiers, an increasing longing was coming over him to go back to Rome – vs. 23*
i. Even the Apostle Paul needs
1. To be sharpened
a. Proverbs 27:17
2. To be comforted
a. Romans 1:12
- Even though Paul was longing to see them, he was already making plans to go on from Rome to a brand-new frontier – vs. 24*
i. Paul relied on the Romans and their support of his ministry. Even though the Roman church had probably the greatest access to resources they longed to serve the church all around the world.
1. Mark 10:43-45
- The Apostle Paul’s Duty – vs. 25-29*
- Paul was compelled by a duty to go to the aid of the suffering believers in Jerusalem to do what he could for them – vs. 25*
i. It is amazing that Paul would have anything to do with the people in Jerusalem since they were not always very supportive of his work
1. At first, they were afraid of him
a. Acts 9:26-27
2. Then they spread false teaching among his converts
a. Philippians 3:2
3. Spied on the people he preached to
a. Galatians 2:3-4
4. Turned his friends against him
a. Galatians 2:11-13
5. Arrested him and eventually turned him over to the Romans
a. Acts 21:27-28
- The churches in Macedonia and Achaia took up a collection for the hurting Jerusalem Church. – vs. 26-27*
i. Despite all that Paul had suffered at the hand of the Jews, both Christian and unchristian, the Gentile believers longed to aid them in their time of need.
a. Paul’s appeal for financial relief
i. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
b. Their response
i. 2 Corinthians 8:2-4
- Paul has been entrusted with a large sum of money for the saints in Jerusalem and he takes his duty very seriously – vs. 28*
1. Acts 24:13-17
- Paul is confident of the ongoing support of the Roman church in the preaching of the Gospel – vs. 29*
i. Ephesians 4:11-13