Acts 18:18…

Acts 18:18…

Being teachable is one of the great traits of those who are being led of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Even when they don’t know it yet.)

Discipleship ministry is truly what all of human participation in ministry is.

After all, our part in the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ is to “make disciples.” His part is to save them. Our part is to inform them.

The story of Paul with Aquila and Priscilla seems kind of unheralded, as if a simple story of like-minded individuals with common need coming together and becoming close friends. Happens all the time, right? Not very significant, eh?

But friendship in Christ is so much more than that. It cannot help but BE discipleship, because friends in Christ are talking about the Lord Jesus all the time. It is their life and breath, especially for those working closely together and/or living side-by-side, sharing meals, and hopes and dreams.

(And this does not even mention the degree of fellowship fostered by the Holy Spirit of a oneness unknown in any previous human relationship. When each of us are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit, it creates a relationship closer than any genetic relationship we have ever known previously.)

We can only assume Aquila and Priscilla were exhilarated by their relationship and close fellowship with Paul, and we can only assume likewise for the great evangelist and missionary Paul. This is because we have also experienced personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, and personal relationship with others who know Christ.

These are the kind of relationships where the Great Commission is completed. Discipleship happens in a naturally supernatural way, by observation, conversation, instruction, and time spent together.

And here is the rest of the story. When separation occurs, due to circumstance and the natural ebb and flow of time, (as with Paul departing from Aquila and Priscilla at Ephesus,) other relationships begin. This is called reproduction in the Body of Christ. Paul’s relationship with Aquila and Priscilla was replicated in their relationship with Apollos, and they were able to more fully inform Apollos of all they learned from Paul.

-Pastor Bill