Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. Greet Mary, who labored much for us. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Rom 16:3-7
Paul often wrote a church and greeted several people calling them fellow laborers, beloved, fellow prisoners, friends, and countrymen.
Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Rom 16:8-11
These individuals and families helped him or were converted by him. Men and women in the faith he prayed with. He taught them.
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Rom 16:12-15
It reminds me of one reason I enjoy church camp every year. I love my fellow laborers in the Lord. I can hardly wait until they arrive and we get to catch up on what has happened over the past year.
I have seen many come and go over the past sixteen years. Many of them I came to respect and love but they no longer come.
When it comes down to it, I’m glad I have my church family. I’ve grown to love and respect them over the years.
Being a Christian is all about relationship with Christ and with other Christians.