Speaking of Romans 16 (which I started speaking about in my post “Greetings?“), did you notice the first two verses of that chapter?
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. (Romans 16:1-2 ESV)
Many people spill much ink arguing whether Phoebe should be called a “servant” or a “deacon” (my answer: “Yes” – since they mean the same thing). However, I think there are more important questions to consider.
Here are some of the questions: Why did Paul mention Phoebe here? What was Phoebe doing that she had to be introduced to the Romans? Who does Paul also mention (in other letters) doing the same thing that Phoebe is doing? What does that tell us about Phoebe?