As Paul closes his letter to the church in Rome, he mentions dozens of women and men who are dear to him. These brothers and sisters in Christ have been his benefactors, partners, friends, and fellow sufferers for the cause of the gospel. The book of Acts and the remainder of Paul’s letters reveal that Paul, that strong and independent church planter and theologian, had a rich network of trusted companions and partners. Who is on your list of people with whom you share a deep connection of mutual encouragement?
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon, of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. —Romans 16:1-2
Prayer: God, thank You for those who have mentored, discipled, and partnered with me in life and leadership and ministry. Bless them today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
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