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Laborers Added to the Mission (Acts 18:18-28)

May 20, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon considers the collective work of advancing the Kingdom of God in the world and building up His Church. Pastor Duncanson illustrates why the Gospel changes everything. The focus of this sermon is on the Gospel creates Christ-motivated laborers with a Christ-centered mentality.

Christ-Motivated Laborers

After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them he said, I will return to you if God wills, and he set sail from Ephesus. When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples (Acts 18:18-23;ESV).

Pastor Duncanson gives us two reasons why Priscilla and Aquilla chose to accompany the Apostle Paul. First, they believed the Gospel was true, so much so they we were willing to uproot their lives to go across land and sea, for the mission of Christ. Secondly, they recognized that their giftedness was to serve the Kingdom of God, not their own interests (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9).

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Christ-Centered Mentality

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus (Acts 18:24-28; ESV).”

Since Aquilla and Priscilla were Christ-motivated laborers, when they saw a fellow believer teaching in error, they corrected him with a Christ-centered mentality. This is instructive on Aquilla and Priscilla’s part and on Apollos’ part, because while they were courageous and gracious in their approach to teaching Apollos the whole counsel of God, he was willing to receive their teaching without offense. In fact, Apollos left this encounter with this couple with greater insight and eagerness to powerfully proclaim Christ among the Jews.

Do you know your role in the Kingdom of God?

Scripture trumps our experiences and about God. The gifts God gives are to be used to advance His Kingdom and build up His Church (Acts 20:32; Romans 15:1-7; Philippians 1:12-18). The Gospel must inform the way we live.

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