“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.” —Romans 16:1
Phoebe is one example of a woman deacon in the Bible, praised and highly regarded by Paul, who encouraged others to listen to and assist her.
Read 2 Kings 22:14–16.
Huldah is designated a prophetess in the Bible. Priests came to her for consultation and her message was taken back to the people, which ultimately inspired a national revival.
Questions to consider:
How many biblical women can you name who can be regarded as bold teachers of the gospel?
It was women in the Bible who first learned of Jesus’ resurrection and witnessed that to the people. How have you witnessed to your faith?
If you are ordained, what important experiences as a preacher can you share?
Tomorrow: A historical example
Today we remember a bold woman: Mary Magdalene, apostle. This message was adapted from the “I Am She” resource available from the Women of the ELCA website.