Very likely an Elder in the Jerusalem Church, he is recorded in two incidents, both of which occurred outside Jerusalem – the first in Antioch and the second in Caesarea by the Sea. An early church prophet who bought the first prophetic prediction in Acts of famine (which subsequently happened) but on his say so, a huge collection was made. The second prophecy was 15 years later concerning Paul’s death, which everyone accepted as true. A man who used his Spiritual Gifts with evident credibility which built the trust of the church. How does our credibility bear up?
Does being a Christian mean I’m free to do whatever I want, when I want, how I want?
Aquila and Priscilla met Paul in Corinth after they had fled Rome in Claudius’s persecution of the Jews, and were earning their living as tent-makers. They found Christ and a year and a half later Paul took them with him to Ephesus where the Church was established in their home. They mentored Apollos and supported Timothy when he became pastor. We consider the dynamics of this active Christian couple where, unusually for the time, Priscilla is often mentioned first, indicating her strong role in the couple’s witness and ministry behind the scenes.
How can we ‘live free’ if we are emotionally ‘tied’ to our past problems? We look at what Galatians 5 says about being strong in our faith, so we don’t let the past enslave us or drag us back. We no longer need a list of rules to control our behaviour. We have the love of Christ and the Holy Spirit to live by. This is freedom.
We can celebrate the “kindness and love of God” (Titus 3:4) in Jesus Christ and we are part of his ancient (but on-going) story. Through all of the instruction we can join Paul in his real heartbeat here. So what is our purpose? Paul says these things to Titus so that they and we “may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good”.
What would it feel like to benefit from someone’s will? If you are the heir, you get what is passed down to you. Every Christian is an heir of their Father God. God’s will is that anyone ‘in Christ Jesus’ should not be condemned for sin, but set free. We’ll look at what Romans 8 says about being set free by the ‘law of the Spirit.’