Regular Christians (Part 5): Aquila and Priscilla

Regular Christians

Aquila and Priscilla were ones who provided encouragement to Paul by supporting him in his work of preaching. He sent greetings to them at the end of his letter to the saints in Rome.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:3-4).

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The Preacher’s Work

Man with Bible Standing on the Train Tracks

When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, one of the matters he addressed was the support of preachers (1 Corinthians 9:3-14). He explained that although he did not take wages from them (1 Corinthians 9:15; cf. 2 Corinthians 11:8), he had a right to receive such support. To show that a man has a right to receive support for his work as a preacher, Paul cited three other types of work for which men may receive compensation.

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?” (1 Corinthians 9:7).

The point of this article is not to discuss the right of preachers to be supported for their work.* Instead, I want us to notice the three illustrations that Paul used in the verse above. He did not simply pick three random occupations and say that since they have a right to receive a return on their work then preachers should be supported. Every legitimate work is worthy of pay (cf. Proverbs 14:23). Yet the inspired apostle mentioned three works that in some way resemble the role of a preacher. Let us consider these briefly.Continue Reading

“How Will They Preach Unless They Are Sent?” (Season 1, Episode 8)

“How Will They Preach Unless They Are Sent?” (Season 1, Episode 8)

 
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"How Will They Preach Unless They Are Sent?" (Season 1, Episode 8)

Just as preaching plays a vital role in salvation, the sending of preachers is also crucial. This episode discusses what it means to send preachers today, how it helps to aid in the work of preaching, and what preachers are to do in their work.

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Tent-Making Preachers (Season 1, Episode 6)

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Tent-Making Preachers (Season 1, Episode 6)

God’s design is that those who dedicate their lives to preaching the gospel receive full support for that work (1 Corinthians 9:14). However, one who preaches may not always (or ever) enjoy the blessing of such support. When a preacher receives only partial support – or even no support – for preaching the gospel, what is he to do? This episode discusses 8 instructions to the “tent-making preacher” as he serves the Lord in that capacity.

  1. Keep preaching.
  2. Work to support yourself.
  3. Make the most of your time.
  4. Manage your other responsibilities.
  5. Recognize your limitations.
  6. Avoid jealousy and bitterness.
  7. Give the brethren no cause to look down on your work.
  8. Fulfill your ministry.

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Advice to Young Preachers (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Advice to Young Preachers (Season 1, Episode 5)

This episode discusses several pieces of advice to young preachers. These are not bits of wisdom that I have discovered through decades of experience in preaching the gospel – in fact, I am still a relatively young preacher myself. Rather, they are admonitions that are taken from the word of God that all young (and older) preachers should follow. The following points are discussed in this episode:

  1. Preach the word.
  2. Study your Bible.
  3. Test all things carefully.
  4. Preach plainly and distinctly.
  5. Seek to please God and not man.
  6. Guard against a party spirit.
  7. Know when and when not to compromise.
  8. Do not view preaching as a “job.”
  9. Do not gauge success by numbers.
  10. Put the brethren in remembrance.

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What Makes One a Preacher? (Season 1, Episode 4)

What Makes One a Preacher? (Season 1, Episode 4)

 
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What Makes One a Preacher? (Season 1, Episode 4)

This episode discusses the right and wrong reasons for preaching and for one being recognized as a preacher. The reasons discussed are listed below:

Wrong reasons: One is a preacher, NOT because…

  1. He was “called” to preach.
  2. He received an education to preach.
  3. He has been “ordained” to preach.
  4. He is paid to preach.
  5. He wants the praise of men.

Right reasons: One is a preacher because…

  1. He has chosen to preach.
  2. He has made preparations to preach.
  3. He has opportunities to preach.

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“How Will They Preach Unless They Are Sent?”

Paul sent from Antioch

After telling the Romans, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13), Paul proceeded to tell them of the critical role of preaching in salvation.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

When Paul, the apostle who authored these words by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, needed to be saved, it was a preacher – Ananias – who was sent to tell him, “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16). Jesus, despite appearing to Paul (then called Saul) on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), did not grant salvation to him there, nor did He speak from heaven to tell him what was required of him. Rather, Jesus said, “Get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do” (Acts 9:6). Ananias was then sent to speak the Lord’s plan of salvation to Paul (Acts 9:10-12).
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