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September 5, 1948 AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A DEDICATED HOME Acts 18:1-3; 18a, 19, 24-26; Rom. 16:3-5a; 1 Cor. 16:19; 2 Tim. 4:19
alty was a wonderful help to the cause of Christ in those perilous times. Homes like this are the salt of any community. They Knew the Word of God (Acts 18:24-26) The subjects of our study knew the Word in a practical way. When they heard the eloquent Apollos speaking in the synagogue, they quickly detected what was lacking in his preaching. Aquila and Priscilla were able to show him from the Word just what he needed. In any Christian home, the Word of God should have the pre-eminence. All other literature should be secondary. Their Home a Miniature Church (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19) This expression, the church that is in their house shows us that the true church does not consist in a fine build ing. It is in no sense a material thing. Wherever God’s people dwell together in harmony there is the church. “ Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). That constitutes a true church. (Acts 18: 1-3, 24-26; Romans 16:3-5a; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19) Memory Verse: “ Be not forgetful to entertain strangers” (Hebrews 13:2). Paul, the great missionary, was trav eling on his second missionary journey. When he came to the town of Corinth, he met two Christian Jews, Aquila and Priscilla, who recently had been forced by a godless ruler to leave their home. Priscilla and Aquilla were tentmakers. Because Paul Was also a tentmaker, he made his home with these Christian friends. Finally, the three tentmakers moved to the town of Ephesus. One day a Christian Jew, Apollos, came to Ephesus. He had studied God’s Word a great deal, and eagerly taught it in the synagogue. Because Apollos knew only the baptism of John, Pris cilla and Aquila taught him the way of T H E K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S Helps for the Children In the Home of Tentmakers
Pointers on the Lesson The home is fundamental to the wel fare of any people. In the home of Aquila and Priscilla, we have exempli fied the essential characteristics of a true Christian home. Note then the fol lowing things about Aquila and Pris cilla which helped them build a Christian home: They Were Equally Yoked Together (Acts 18:2, 26; Rom. 16:3) It is clear from a reading of all the Scriptures assigned for this week’s les son that Aquila and Priscilla were a husband and wife united in the things of the Lord. Together they expounded unto Apollos “ the way of God more per fectly” (26). Paul greets them as his “helpers in Christ Jesus” (3). A true Christian home cannot be established unless both husband and wife are believ ers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scrip ture is very clear that believers should not be united with unbelievers in vital ways, and this surely includes the mat ter of marriage (2 Cor. 6:14). They Were Given to Hospitality (Acts 18:1-3) After leaving Athens on his second missionary journey, Paul came to Cor inth. At this place he found the doors of the home of Aquila open to him. In fact, the hospitality of the home was so great that the church as represented in that vicinity is shown to have met there regularly (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19). Thus these two saints practiced this grace exhorted in the Scriptures. They were “ given to hospitality” (Rom. 12:13). In our busy, crowded life today there is danger lest this grace be neg lected. They Possessed Persistent Loyalty (Acts 18:18, 19; Rom. 16:4) In order to help Paul in the work he was doing, Aquila and Priscilla followed him to Ephesus. They endangered their own lives for his sake and the gospel’s; they even “ laid down their own necks” (4). All of this indicates a tremendous interest in the things of God. Such loy
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