Together We Will Advance the Gospel
Posted: Wednesday, June 27
2 Kings 10:32-12:21
Verse of the day:
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. (Acts 18:1-4)
We are first introduced to the married couple Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18. They are mentioned eight times in the New Testament because they were friends of Paul and they all worked together to advance the Gospel. They are not known because they were famous evangelists or because they had their own big ministry or because they wrote a portion of the New Testament. They are known because they labored hard to assist the Apostle Paul in the work of the ministry. Laboring meant working six days a week in the leather industry and then reaching people on the Sabbath Day. The city of Corinth was not an easy place to preach the Gospel. But by the grace of God, 18 months later the church was formed. Aquila and Priscilla can receive credit for this great feat because Paul could not have done it alone. They were the ones who opened up their home to him. They assisted him in ministry by working behind the scenes. They risked their lives for Paul (Romans 16:3-4). They a hosted a church in their home. They were able to disciple other leaders like Apollos and they also lead the church in Ephesus. Paul’s success as a missionary and church planter can be attributed to the faithfulness and friendship of people like Aquila and Priscilla.
I want to encourage you today to work together. Team up with others in your church to advance the Gospel. Use the gifts and talents that God has given you to assist others. We can accomplish so much more when we do it together. You do not have to be the star player to do something significant for God’s kingdom. The work you do whether it is behind the scenes or in public has eternal impact. When we work together God is glorified and we get the blessing of seeing lives change. Together we will advance the Gospel.