Partners In Ministry

By , September 20, 2013

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 16:3-5 (NIV)

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“They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house.” Romans 16:3-5 (NIV)

In Acts 18:24-26 we learn of how Priscilla and Aquila acted as helpers to Apollos because he had a deficit in his knowledge concerning the work of Jesus Christ. A man with such eloquence of speech needed to have his lack of a full understanding of the Gospel addressed or he might do more harm than good.

This couple discreetly took Apollos to their home where, in private, they could complete his education in the Christian faith. It is not easy to correct a gifted man—and Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos demonstrated a lot of grace in the situation—because Apollos might have been offended if publicly corrected. However, Apollos was eager to learn and he had fine teachers in this Christian couple.

It is noteworthy that Priscilla’s name appears first in Acts 18:26 and here in Romans 16:3. In Acts 13 the order of names is Barnabas and Paul until well into the missionary journey—and then it changes to Paul and Barnabas. Everyone assumes that the reason for the change in order is because Paul took over leadership from Barnabas. If such is the case then there is reason to assume that Priscilla did the major part of the work in the marriage and was used more in teaching Apollos and helping Paul.

They must have taught him well because as Luke writes in Acts 18:27 (NIV)

“Apollos…was a great help to those who by grace had believed.”

So this couple extended hospitality to a believer who needed private ministry, and the whole Christian community was subsequently blessed because of their work with Apollos.

As a Christian couple mature in the faith, you should consider being of assistance to a struggling believer in your church. Or if you are a struggling young believer, new in the faith, why not ask an older couple whose faith is strong to help you.

If you are a single person, turn this matter on its head and invite a couple to your home who may be weary in the Christian journey. Pray to the Lord for a verse of Scripture that has blessed you to share with them when they come. You may find a good book in the Christian bookstore to give to them as a gift from your heart to theirs.

Remember what Paul said in Romans 15:1-2 (NIV)

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak
and not to please ourselves.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good,
to build them up.”

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,
for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’

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