Strengthen

This morning as I was looking over the Ladies’ Bible Class lesson for today, it mentions Aquila and Priscilla. This Godly couple are always mentioned together. They were a team, as all married couples should be. They, like the Apostile Paul, were tent makers. They had been among the Jews that Roman Emperor Claudius expelled from Rome in 49 A.D., and they ended up in the city of Corinth. We know that they were hospitable and served the Lord by opening up their home for the church to gather there (I Corinthians 16:19)

In Acts 18:18, we find that Paul took Aquila and Priscilla with him when he went to Ephesus. They stayed there after Paul moved on. They were at the synagogue when Apollos came to town and began preaching. Apollos is described as being an eloquent speaker and a man mighty in the scriptures. He was fervent in the scriptures and diligently taught about the Lord. The problem was – he only knew of John’s baptism. When Aquila and Priscilla realized there was a problem, they didn’t call him out in front of everyone. They didn’t make a scene and become the “talk of the town.” No, they took Apollos aside and I love how Acts 18:26 explains it – “and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly (carefully).” Isn’t that the purpose of personal evangelism?

When I looked Aquila and Priscilla up online, Wikipedia said, “Aquila and Priscilla are described in the New Testament as providing a presence that strengthened the early Christian churches.” Think about that – could that be said about you? Does your presence and actions strengthen the church? Is your congregation stronger, more forceful, and more effective because you are there? If not – why not?

I’m so thankful for this Godly couple and may I also “strengthen” the church. God Bless, Courtney

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