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Partners In Pulling (2 of 3)
Series: Building The Church
OPEN: A traveler was driving along one day and had an accident. He drove his car into a ditch in a desolate area. Luckily, a local farmer came by to help with his horse named Buddy.
Well, the farmer hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move. Once more the farmer hollered, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't respond. The farmer repeated this action again, with the same results.
Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse finally dragged the car out of the ditch.
The motorist was really appreciative but he was also curious. He said to the farmer "I really appreciate what you did for me, but why did you call your horse by the wrong name 3 times."
The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind - and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try."
APPLY: Like "Buddy" people usually don't like to think they are pulling the load all by themselves. That's why Jesus sent his disciples out in teams of two. It's easier to do ministry when you're part of a team.
Here in Acts 18, we're introduced to the ultimate ministry team - Priscilla and Aquila. They're a married couple who are mentioned in scripture at least 4 times. In fact, they are the only married couple I can recall who are mentioned by name (someone reminded me after the sermon that Annanias and Saphira were mentioned, but I'm thinking more in terms of someone who was admirable and Godly).
The Apostles had wives, and Jesus' half brothers had wives, and they took them with them when they preached (I Cor. 9:5), BUT the names of their wives is never given in Scripture. Priscilla's is.
I. Some scholars have made a great deal out of this (pause…) but I think that too often, they've given Priscilla's role in this passage the wrong kind of emphasis.
Ordinarily, what scholars point out about this passage in Acts 18 is that Priscilla's name is men ...
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