Acts 18:26, “He [Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.”
Priscilla and Aquila were a power couple in the early church. They were fellow coworkers in the gospel with Paul and like him were tent makers (Acts 18:2-3). They had a church that met in their home and together they won souls and made disciples (1 Corinthians 16:19).
Just like how Andronicus and Junia were a married apostolic team starting new churches with Paul (Romans 16:7); Priscilla and Aquila were overseers in a local church Paul helped start. Paul wrote about their dedication in Romans 16:3-4, “3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.”
Two aspects of their faith can encourage us today; first, they had faith in God to use them together as a married couple. In their culture, women were not given the same status as men, especially among the Jews. However, their culture didn’t prevent them from being partners in teaching and preaching the gospel.
All married couples should be inspired by Priscilla and Aquila’s faith to work together and make disciples in their home for the glory of God.
Second, and most importantly, they were faithful to the work of God. They didn’t quit when things were hard nor did they turn their backs on Paul when he was arrested. Instead they were willing to risk their lives for their leader. They were not ashamed of Paul’s persecution and stayed committed to working together with him to make the name of Jesus great in the local church.
I pray that all married couples will be challenged and inspired by Priscilla and Aquila’s faith to open your home and even risk your lives for the Kingdom of God to make new disciples.
Are you willing to partner with your spouse to make disciples?
- If you’re married, pray for God to use you and your spouse as a power couple for the Lord.
- Pray together with your spouse to be given opportunities to make disciples in your home. Charles Spurgeon said, “You will never make a missionary of the person who does no good at home. He that will not serve the Lord in the Sunday school at home, will not win children to Christ in China.”
- By faith, whether you are married or single, determine to always be faithful to make disciples.
One Year Reading Plan
Daniel 2:24-3:30, 1 Peter 4:7-5:14, Psalm 119:81-96, & Proverbs 28:15-16. Click here to read online.