Romans 16:1-2 — I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
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.
commend = praise
servant = renders service of any character — not necessarily a deaconess
succourer = helper — indicates an honorable position
"in the Lord" or "in Christ" appears 11 times in Romans 16
Phebe may have carried the letter to Rome for Paul.
There were probably at least three churches in Rome, maybe five.
- Priscill and Aquila's (verses 3-5
- Verse 14
- Verse 15
Cenchrea — the harbor of Corinth