Sunday School: “Priscilla: Called To Minister”

Sunday School with Pastor Theodis Acklin

Scriptural text: Acts 18:1-3, 18-21, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4

Paul’s Arrival in Corinth (Acts 18:-3). Corinth was a major city of the Roman Empire, at an important crossroads of trade and travel. It was also a city notorious for its hedonism and immorality. The Apostle Paul arrives in Corinth at the end of his second missionary journey and at the beginning of his third.

“And he found a certain Jew named Aquila…and his wife, Priscilla …and he came to them.”  It is implied, though not clearly stated, that Aquila and Priscilla at this time were Christians. But it is possible that Paul led them both to Jesus as they worked together as tentmakers (those who worked with leather). This began one of the most important friendships of the New Testament-Paul and Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. Paul called them his fellow workers who had risked their own necks for my life (Romans 16:3-4).

For by occupations they were tentmakers. Paul’s tentmaking was an important part of his ministry. Though he recognized his right to be supported by those he ministered to ( 1 Corinthians 9:7-14), he voluntarily supported himself in his missionary and preaching work so that no one could accuse him of seeking converts for the sake of enriching himself ( 1 Corinthians 9:15-18).

Faithful Companions in the Cause of Christ ( Acts 18:18-21).  Paul stayed there a year and a half, as in for this insurrection might follow immediately upon the vision that Paul had; and who by that was encouraged to continue in Corinth, notwithstanding that he met; he not doubting of the promise of God, and of his power and faithfulness to fulfill it, though this was a trial of his Faith and constancy. And then took his leave of the brethren; whom he had been instrumental in the conversion of; and had established and confirmed in the faith; and having now done his work in this place, at least for the time present, he takes his leave of them and departs. He set sail to Syria with his faithful companions, Aquila and Priscilla, by his side.

Priscilla as Guardian of the Faith (Romans 18:24-26). Luke describes Apollos as a learned and well-versed, meaning he was competent in the Scriptures, powerful in explaining them in sermons. When Priscilla and Aquila hear him speak in the synagogue, they recognize that his teaching is incomplete and requires further instruction at least regarding the significance of repentance, baptism, and the corresponding connection to Jesus. Priscilla and Aquila are eager and able to explain to Apollos “the Way of God,” the revelation of God’s path to salvation for Israel and the world through Jesus. Priscilla took the lead to correct an eager but newly minted man in the faith. She showed Apollos a “more perfect way.”