Acts 18 is a chapter on discipleship. In this chapter we meet Aquila and Priscilla. A couple that took Paul in and were discipled by him for 1 1/2 -2 years in Corinth. And where did he disciple them? At work. “because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.” v.3 Paul discipled them at his workplace. The result was that that when Paul left Corinth for Ephesus, it was not Timothy or Silas that accompanied him on his trip, but Aquila and Priscilla.
While Paul was in Ephesus, God led him to witness in his neighborhood. “And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.” v,7-8. Paul walked next door and made disciples. Aquila and Priscilla were with Paul, watching him, learning from him, being discipled. The results of this was that after Paul spent time in Ephesus, he left but Aquli and Pricilla stayed behind, as long term missionaries and helped plant and birth the church in Ephesus and making disciples.
We see later in 18, howAquila and Priscilla took Apollos into their house, and discipled him for a time, then sent him out to Achia to grow the church. “But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” v. 26. Discipleship, changes individual(s) to go out and change the world and to go out and make disciples who make disciples.
The Lord spoke to Paul,”Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people." vs. 9-10. The Lord said there were many in his city that were “his people”, people who the soil of their hearts was good and ready to receive the seed of the gospel if Paul would just go and sow it in them. The Lord is speaking the same to you and I. Put your name and city in that verse, “Do not be afraid Gary, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in Madison and Huntsville who are my people."
So who are you discipling now? In your workplace? In your neighborhood? Who are your Aquilas and Pricillas that you are pouring into and giving them real access to your lives so they can watch you, learn from you, and become disciples? Real access does not happen in a church service, gym, text message, or FB post. Real access requires an investment of real time.
We are called to plant a church with discipleship making at our core. Discipleship requires investing personal and intimate time with other individuals. This flows out of us individually investing more personal and intimate time with God. Pray that God will strengthen your resolve to invest time in Him by daily reading our chapter in Acts, fasting day a week, spending one solid hour a week in pryer, meeting weekly in a Band group for accountability, and our Lunch+ prayer for ODC.
Pray that as ODC moves forward and we will invest more in each other, that true discipleship among us will occur. Pray for unity among us.
Pray as we move forward we will invest more in others by starting more house churches, Band groups, and increased fruits into those you are discipling now. and that God will start sowing seeds into those our church will disciple.
Think of two or three people you know who need discipling in their walk now. Think of the two or three people that are persons of peace that can start a house church and pray that God will give you the love ti step into their life.
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