Romans 16:1-2 A Biblical Commendation

Romans 16:1-2 (KJV)
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.

Paul speaks of His not needing a letter of commendation to give the church at Corinth but that such letters were used, even at this early period in church history, is obvious by this sixteenth chapter of Romans.

I note today merely the outline of this commendation:

  1. Name
  1. Testimony of faith
    Our sister
  1. Title
    Servant of the church
  1. Address
    At Cenchrea
  1. Request
  2. That she be received
  3. That she be assisted

She had succoured many, including Paul.
The first hand witness of her credentials, I see as key. This was not a casual, “I’ve heard good things.” commendation but one born of personal witness and experience.

Might this be a wise pattern for commendation of missionaries, evangelists and other itinerant ministries?


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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