This week we conclude our study of the book of Romans. Chapter 16 lists the names of many Christians from Rome who have ministered with or influenced Paul’s life. Paul warns his readers of the people who try to cause divisions in the Church. He ends by praising God.
Ministry for Jesus Christ takes a team. The people Paul mentions, played a part in helping Paul be successful. Transportation, lodging, logistics, monetary gifts, and prayer are all part of ministry. Many times we see the Preacher or the Evangelist and are blessed by what they say. However, without the support team, there might not be a message.
Whatever you do in your local church is important to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People get saved because of what appears to be insignificant ministries. No one may ever know what you do, but God does. He is pleased that you serve.
This is what Paul is communicating to the Christians at Rome.
Greetings to fellow laborers in the Lord (16:1-16)
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.3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us.7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in the Lord.13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. 16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
Please ask God to show you how you might minister for Him. Then whatever He asks you to do, whether great or small, do it.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001