Can you imagine being personally trained by Paul? Well, our Priscilla and her husband Aquila had that distinct honor. They were able to chat with him, listen to him, learn from him, work beside him and watch him do his thing every Sabbath at the synagogue, “trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” (Acts 18:4) What a blessing of friendship and training!
The three of them left Rome and traveled to Ephesus together but Paul continued on to different destinations to preach the Gospel. While saying goodbye to Paul must have been hard, they had work to be do — both with their tent business and their ministry.
Priscilla and Aquila heard a man named Apollos speaking boldly in the synagogue, teaching about Jesus with great enthusiasm. “He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.” (Acts 18:25) He was a gifted and eloquent speaker, persuasive and charismatic. He was also an educated historian who could understand and accurately teach the events of the Scriptures, and had some knowledge of the gospel, though it was not a thorough understanding.
Priscilla and Aquila recognized the natural gift he had for public speaking and his earnest desire to preach the Word, but they also recognized there were gaps in his knowledge. But, they accepted Apollos where he was in his walk with God and nurtured his faith. They “invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” (Acts 18:26) What a blessing to this young man! Priscilla and Aquila, neither of whom were teachers by profession, instructed him because they knew the Savior. Together, they taught this man more about Jesus, using the training they’d received from Paul so that Apollos could grow and use his gifts for the Lord.
Apollos went on to Achaia and was a great help to believers, “For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” (Acts18:28) Priscilla and Aquila, though poor tent makers, discipled and taught the scholar and preacher, Apollos, in the way of Jesus because they knew Jesus personally as their Savior.
Priscilla proves that a doctorate in theology isn’t necessary to talk to others about Christ, but knowing Jesus and constantly growing closer to him is the best way to reach out. Had Priscilla and Aquila not reached out to Apollos because he was an educated man and they lowly tentmakers, think of the people who may never have heard about Jesus’ love.
She wasn’t a teacher by trade, but Priscilla seized every opportunity the Lord gave her to share her faith, and help others grow in Christ. And I think that’s the most encouraging part — she is an ordinary woman just like me and you. She was married, she worked, had friends, and she loved Jesus with her whole heart. But whenever she could, she shared Jesus with others and helped teach them and grow in their walk with the Lord. So then, why can’t we?
(Acts 18:1-4 & 18-28, Romans 16: 3-5)