MEN OF THE BIBLE (AQUILA: A RADICAL APPROACH TO HIS MINISTRY)

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      ACTS 18:26- [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. 

Aquila, an important teacher of the Gospel message mentioned several times in the New Testament, had what was during his time a radical approach to his ministry-and to his marriage.

Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, traveled with the apostle Paul, established a church in their home in Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:19), and taught and trained a Jewish teacher named Apollos, who went on to become a powerful preacher of the Gospel. They were amazing examples of hospitality, of passion for Christ, of passing along what they had learned about the Gospel message to others, and of encouraging new believes in the faith.

Aquila’s ministry was powerful and very practical. So what was a radical about it? It was radical in that it involved his wife, Priscilla, who appears to be an equal partner in all he did-and this at a time when the society (the first century Roman Empire) didn’t see women as equal to men.

It probably wasn’t by accident that when Priscilla and Aquila are mentioned in the New Testament, the name of the wife is mentioned first nearly every time. That didn’t mean the New Testament writers intended to place Priscilla in a place in front of her husband. It simply meant that in God’s eyes, men and women are of equal value in building His kingdom and spreading His message of salvation.

 

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