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Question: Should married couples serve together?

Acts 18 :18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
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After Paul’s stay in Corinth, he had to fulfill a vow. On his way back to Antioch Syria, his sending church, he first went to Ephesus and then to Jerusalem. Priscilla and Aquila accompany Paul, and he left them in Ephesus.

This married couple caught my attention. Many verses regarding them are listed below this message. In summary, they were required to leave Rome by government decree, because they were Jews, then Paul found them in Corinth, most likely they became Christians after meeting Paul, then they went to Ephesus, and last they end up back in Rome.

Often times Priscilla’s name proceeds Aquila’s name when they are mentioned. Some say this is due to her family being prominent, or that she was more active or as active as her husband in service to the church.

A few highlights of their service are as follows:

1). They taught Appolos the way of God more accurately because he only knew about John the Baptist.

2). They risked their very lives to save Paul.

3). They hosted a church in their house at Ephesus.

4). They hosted another church in their house at Rome.

How rare this type of couple is in the church. First it is hard to find a man who will serve the Lord. Even more rare to find a man and his wife who wants to serve. It seems like there are so many couples where either the man is serious for the Lord and the wife is not, or the wife is serious for the Lord and the husband is not. Not only were Aquila and Priscilla both serious, but they were even willing to pick up and move to serve the Lord. This is very rare indeed.

In my small circle of friends, I thank God for the few examples of married couples who are serving in this way.

I thank God for Mike and Julie who just returned from serving God in Africa.

I thank God for Brad and Jamie who host our house church every Sunday.

How beautiful and how rare are these couples and families.

How can we be challenged by Priscilla and Aquila?

Husbands, wives, can you both put the Lord first, and serve Him together in someway? Yes each may have their own interests. But shouldn’t The Lord be both of your primary interests.

I think this holy couple’s life is recorded as an example to challenge us Christian married couples. But even if our marriages do not achieve the great works of Priscilla and Aquila, is there at least some small thing that we can do together to serve the Lord?

Talk to your spouse tonight.
Ask each other, what can we do for the Lord together?

God bless, Bob

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References below

Acts 18 :1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.

Acts 18: 18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 18 :24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace;
28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

1 Cor 16: 8 But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
10 And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
11 Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.
12 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brethren, but he was quite unwilling to come at this time; however, he will come when he has a convenient time.
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
14 Let all that you do be done with love.
15 I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints—
16 that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.
17 I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.[fn] O Lord, come![fn]

Romans 1:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia[fn] to Christ.

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