June 6, 2021 (Pastor Dawn Hayman) – Priscilla (Acts 18; Romans 16:4; 1 Cor. 16:9)
Message Big Idea – Although most of the character we encounter in the Bible are men, it is significant to note that a handful of strong female characters throughout the Old and New Testament make culture shifting and world changing contributions. In the New Testament, a woman by the name of Priscilla spent time with the Apostle Paul. She and her husband Aquila not only risked their lives for Paul (Romans 16:4) but showed an example of a godly marriage.
Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.
Think about it.
- What are you grateful for this week? What are you struggling with?
- Recall a time when someone was generous with you, showing you hospitality either with their time or with home or resources. How did that feel? How would you describe that person?
Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the the corresponding questions:
- Read Acts 18 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
- Try to briefly retell the passage in your own words (if you’re in a group setting, go around the group)
- What word or phrase specific to Aquila and Pricilla “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?
- Additionally, read Romans 16:4 and 1 Cor. 16:9.
Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.
All Christians, whether men or women, can learn a lot from Priscilla. Priscilla exercised extreme hospitality and kindness, even when she’d lost her riches as an esteemed family in Rome. Nevertheless, she continues to walk faithfully with God and her husband and excels in whatever task she has set before her. Using Pricilla as an example, what sorts of characteristics and behaviors/actions are often found in followers of Jesus who are making a difference in other people lives?
Go straight to the heart of the matter.
Whether you are married or unmarried, how are you at being “Stronger Together” with others? Who can you partner with this week this week to be more like Jesus?
LIVE IT OUT
Put it into action.
What is one thing God seems to be asking you to do in response to this passage? Who can you tell about this “I will” statement in the next 48 hours?