Euodia & Syntyche: Co-laborers in the Gospel

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I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. — Philippians 4:2–3

To Read: Philippians 4

Biblical Synopsis: Paul met the believers of Philippi during his second missionary journey, and he wrote the Epistle to the Philippians to thank them for their generous support and encourage the church concerning practical matters. In the final chapter he commended several people including Euodia and Syntyche.

Application for Today: Neither Euodia nor Syntyche are well known today, but the apostle Paul valued them and specifically mentions that they labored with him in the gospel.

They were fellow workers (some translations state co-workers) with Paul, along with a few others who are given that distinction in the Pauline epistles: Timothy, Apollos, Silas, Titus, Priscilla and Aquila, Urban, Philemon, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, and Justus.

It is notable that Paul did not describe these women as working underneath him but as ones who worked “side by side” with him. When it comes to sharing the gospel, men and women can and should work side by side together as a team.

Paul’s words are significant—women are important to gospel work.