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Priscilla and Aquila

Priscilla and Aquila

03 December 2011

Reading: Romans 13-16

Scripture:

3 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus. 4 In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. 5 Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ. (Romans 16:3-5 NLT)

Paul had met Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth on his first visit there (Acts 18:2-3). They had been expelled from Rome along with all other Jews. Paul lived in their home and they worked together both in ministry and in their trade of tent making. Later they accompanied Paul to Ephesus and became key elders-disciplers in the church there (Acts 18:18-28). Priscilla and Aquila mentored Apollos and prepared him for a powerfully effective ministry. Now they were in Rome again, Jews having been allowed to return. Their home, as always, was a place of ministry, now the meeting place for one of the house churches in the vast Roman capital.

Priscilla and Aquila were a married couple ministry team. That’s always meant a lot to me because that’s how God called Jean and me to serve—as a team. The main thing that caught my attention this morning was thinking about the life-long friendship between Paul and Priscilla and Aquila. They met in Corinth, served together in Ephesus, and now were staying in touch across the miles.

Jean and I have some friendships like that. We have friendships with couples in the Caribbean, the UK, and Africa, as well as around the US. Through the years we’ve drawn strength from those friendships and I know we’ve been an encouragement to them. I am reminded of the incredible value of those relationships.

Prayer:

Father, Today my heart is full of joy as I remember the ways we’ve encouraged and been encouraged by friends like Mike and Yvonne, Carl and Viv, Ian and Chris, Darryl and Martha, Paul and Carole, Al and Melody, Neville and Hyacinth, Paul and Joyce, Garris and Jan, Dusty and Twila, Greg and Jan, Gary and Jerri, Don and Jean, David and Angela, George and Hazel, Nigel and Jan, Dan and Barbara, Rod and Sue, Hugh and Ronda, Ray and Ann…and so many more! Please bless each of them with the most appropriate blessings today. Please help Jean and me to find gracious, wise, and practical ways to keep the relationships alive and growing. Amen.

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