Presentation on theme: "Discipling Side by Side"— Presentation transcript:
1 Discipling Side by Side Aquila and PriscillaDiscipling Side by SideActs 18:1-28; 19:1-7
2 Background Acts 18:1-2 52 A.D. - Roman Emperor Claudius Aquila Edict expelling all Jews from the city of RomeSuetonius - Persecuting their Christian neighbors and causing considerable disturbance in the cityAll Jews were uprooted from their homes and banished from Rome, the innocent along with the guiltyAquilaA Jew who had migrated to Rome from the province of Pontus on the Black SeaLeft for the city of Corinth with his faithful wife, Priscilla
3 They Made Their Living Together Acts 18:1-8 “For by trade they were tent-makers” – v. 3Not every husband and wife can work together like thisIt takes a mature relationship to work closely under the kind of pressure a job sometimes generatesThey were not only mates; they must have been good friends and companionsBe willing to give to each other more than they tried to takeBe able to accept suggestions as readily as they offered themEnjoy being together and working togetherThey were inseparable
4 They Made Their Living Together Acts 18:1-8 God’s Timing - vv. 1-3The Apostle Paul entered Corinth looking for work to sustain him as he ministeredEvery disciple making relationship begins with a helloThat day a deep and lasting and productive relationship was born
5 The Complete Marriage vv. 4-8 v. 8 – “Many others in Corinth also became believers and were baptized”Aquila and Priscilla lived together, worked together, and suffered exile together, came to know and love Jesus Christ togetherIt made their marriage completeTrue oneness can only be found in Christ
6 They Grew in the Word Together Acts 18:9-11; 18-26 Their Discipler taught them together - vv. 9-11From the day Aquila and Priscilla met the Savior, they grew in the Word togetherThey must have gone with Paul to the synagogue each Sabbath day as he reasoned with the Jews and GreeksEighteen months of Bible study under the greatest Bible teacher in the early churchSharing the Word together strengthened their love for each other and their spirit of togetherness
7 They Learned God’s Word Thoroughly Acts 18:18-26 Paul left Corinth for Ephesus and they accompanied himPaul left them in Ephesus when he left for his home church in AntiochApollos was not improperly instructed, but he was inadequately instructed“But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” - Acts 18:26
8 They Learned God’s Word Thoroughly Acts 18:18-26 It is very difficult to decide which one to admire the mostAquila and Priscilla modeled servanthood and disciple‑making skillsApollos modeled a receptive spirit and a delightful submissionLater, Apollos “desired to cross into Achaia”Acts 18:27‑28Acts 17:3
9 They Served the Lord Together 1 Corinthians 16:19 Their home was a churchPaul left Antioch – 3rd missionary journey - Acts 26:31Returned to EphesusRemained teaching the Word of God for approximately three years1 Corinthians 16:19“The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house”
10 Their Home Was a Church When Paul left Ephesus for Greece God directed Aquila & Priscilla back to RomeRomans 16:3-5“Greet Priscilla and Aquila. They have been co-workers in my ministry for Christ Jesus. In fact, they risked their lives for me. I am not the only one who is thankful to them; so are all the Gentile churches. Please give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.”
11 Their Home Was a ChurchWe have church buildings but there is no substitute for the home as a center for evangelismEvangelistic dinnersCoffee cup evangelismEstablishing close friendships with neighbors and sharing Christ with them over the kitchen tableHome Bible studiesOpening homes to youth groups
12 They Were Remembered 2 Timothy 4:19 16 years since Paul first met them at CorinthPaul was in a Roman prison for the second timeDeath at the hands of the emperor Nero was imminentWriting the last paragraph of his long and fruitful life“Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus”Just a brief and simple greeting, but they were on Paul’s heart in his last hours
13 They Were Great Disciple-Makers Together Disciple‑Making is InevitableMan is a social creatureHe desires relationshipsHe wants fellowshipHe influences each person around himEverybody with any influence at all makes disciplesParents make disciples of their childrenChildren make disciples of their parentsFriends make disciples of their friendsIf you ever learn anything from anyone else, that person has discipled you
14 Disciple‑Making is Inevitable A disciple is “one who learns”Apollos“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”“You can no more tell what you don’t know than you can come back from where you ain’t been!”Apollos had not “been there and done that”But he powerfully told what he did know ‑ and he made disciples!
15 Disciple‑Making is Inevitable When you disciple another person, you give a part of yourself to that person2 Timothy 3:10‑11Luke 6:40 - “When the process is completed, the disciple will be like his teacher”The outcome is inevitable, the product is predictableIs my life worth copying?Those you disciple are molded byYour Bible studyYour prayer lifeYour worship
16 The Problem Of Disciple‑Making Acts 19:1-7 All you can give is what you have experienced and practicedAll Apollos had was the piece of John the Baptist that had been planted in him ‑ and it wasn’t enough!He was an incomplete disciple ‑ and he reproduced incomplete disciplesTen generations from youHow extensive would God’s work be?How strategic would God’s work be?How relational would God’s work be?How obedient would those people be?
17 God’s Provision in Disciple‑Making God has made provision to “fill in the blank spots”The John the Baptist movement wasn’t intentional, and it wasn’t hereticalIt was just an incomplete understanding, but it still went on generation after generationGod sovereignly appoints His Aquilas and PriscillasAt strategic times and places in our lives to help us build the disciples God has given to usHow many people has God used to disciple you?
18 The Product of Disciple‑Making Is Predictable Certain causes produce certain effectsJohn the Baptist directly or indirectly discipled ApollosApollos discipled the Ephesian disciplesPaul had discipled Aquila and PriscillaAquila and Priscilla discipled ApollosGod mightily used Apollos in Corinth to make and build disciples thereApollos emerged complete in Christ JesusAnd both Ephesus and Corinth were impacted mightily for ChristThe Gospel went unto the uttermost parts of the earth til the end of time!
19 One of God’s Greatest Privileges Getting to serve the Lord together with your spouseA personal blessingA church blessingA family blessingGod wants couplesTo minister as a teamTo mature as a teamTo disciple as a team