Priscilla & Aquila

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Acts 18:1-4, Acts 18:18-28, Romans 12:3-8, Romans 16:3-4, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Proverbs 10:17

My friend and I were having one of those classic, two-hour conversations that happens in your car long after the coffee shop closes. Through a series of events, God chose to make us companions and accountability partners during this current stage of life, and because we’re so different, we can usually offer a good counterbalance to whatever headspace the other is in. It goes something like this:

“Don’t believe that narrative. That’s a lie straight from the enemy.”

Tonight, it was me who needed those words. Next week, it could be her. Often it’s both of us, and we end up serving words of truth back and forth like a round of tennis. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, these sorts of pep talks can be an hour-by-hour exchange, as we navigate the way of Jesus together with those around us.

Aquila and Priscilla are one of the Bible’s power couples. When they offer Apollos constructive feedback on how he can explain God “more accurately,” we see what it looks like for believers to hold each other accountable without taking offense (Acts 18:26). Instead of being reactionary and letting his ego get the better of him, Apollos receives their correction and continues arguing his case for the Messiah. Because Aquila and Priscilla were obedient in exercising their gifts, Apollos became even more effective for the kingdom.

It’s such a great story, right? Whether or not his pride was hurt, it doesn’t interfere with the ministry Apollos is leading. His response is a beautiful illustration of Proverbs 10, which says, “The one who follows instruction is on the path to life, but the one who rejects correction goes astray” (v.17).

In Romans, Paul warns us against seeing ourselves as more important than others, because every part of the Body of Christ has a unique role (Romans 12:3–8). Each gift we possess is equally valuable, yet these gifts are also strengthened and nourished by others. When we sharpen and correct, we help each other flourish.

It’s interesting how it wasn’t enough for Apollos simply to be “competent” with Scripture (Acts 18:24). Notice how the text doesn’t say he was teaching inaccurately. Apollos was already familiar with the way of the Lord and was bold in sharing it. But his knowledge was somewhat limited. According to Acts, he “knew only John’s baptism” (v.25), so Aquila and Priscilla believed it was their responsibility to take him aside and fill in the gaps.

Competency is never a stopping point in the kingdom of God because He is always calling us into a deeper relationship with Him and one another. Through the Body of Christ, He partners with us to encourage each other more, teach each other more, and hold each other more accountable. We can count this as an honor. When we are obedient in exercising our spiritual gifts—especially when they stretch us outside of our comfort zones—we are grown and blessed as both the gift-bearer and the recipient.

Where can you speak truth in love? Who can you receive truth from in humility? Whether in the workplace or a car parked outside a coffee shop, there is life waiting for you. There is more.

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  1. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I am fully walking in the particular spiritual gifts I have. I want to fully God’s calling on my life.

  2. Debora Kezia says:

    Power couple ♡ love God together. Save God together. Bless each other forever.

  3. Melissa Mcronney says:


  4. Lindsay C. says:

    A day behind in my reading…but paused to comment nonetheless. Although the reading was not specifically geared toward Paul today, I liked how the scripture reference spoke about Saul being on such a ravaging that believers scattered to various regions. Once converted, Paul makes it a point to travel on as many missionary journeys as possible to reach out to most likely these same groups of people who scattered. In a way, Saul helped the church grow throughout the world even before his conversion. I love how the Lord works in all things! Especially when we can’t understand it in the moment.

  5. Cathy Clark says:

    Much needed today. Thank you!

  6. Angela Sutherland says:

    I love this..
    “Where can you speak truth in love? Who can you receive truth from in humility?”
    These are practical questions I can ask myself daily to make sure I’m living in the balance of being effective in my calling, whether that looks like me giving “correction” or receiving it. I love how Aquila and Priscilla were obedient in stepping up to teach Apollos and how he, in turn was obedient in receiving their teaching. That is how the body of Christ is meant to operate!

  7. Tina says:

    Good evening sisters.
    Thank you so so much for you prayers, love and support…
    Today, as it turned out was just to plead. My grandson shall return in a couple of months and the proper trial to go ahead next year.. Not what we were expecting

    But God..

    He has brought us together, to support, pray for, and encourage each other. Forever grateful for each and everyone of you.. Thank you for your kindness in words and action.. thank you Sisters, thank you for rallying when a sisters load was heavy to bear, thank you for you!❤

  8. Dorothy says:

    I find the Body of Christ Bailey is writing about here, SRT, many of you are knowledge in the ways of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit and you are willing to share with the rest of us. Plus, when we don’t understand something or just wonder about something we can ask and usually someone will have an answer. Also, the devotions, I find, much of the time shed a new and different light on a subject. These are the things that make She Reads Truth so enjoyable for me.

  9. Rhonda J says:

    Mari V- great words, I wrote them down!

  10. PamC says:

    Thank you all for all the wrinkles! There isn’t a day that I don’t learn something new, or see a different side, or gain new insight because of your willingness to share. I pray to become bolder in my sharing. Love to you all.

  11. Ashley White says:


  12. Chris Swan says:

    Love the wrinkles story. I’m going to share it! Blessing SRT sisters.

  13. Maura says:

    So good to learn from one another. The Word has so much to teach us, how lovely when we are taught something we didn’t understand correctly and our knowledge grows because someone like Priscilla or Aquila decided to speak up and share what God has clearly shown them. Another wrinkle for our brains to grow. Angie, what rich memories you have and how good God has been in giving you the gift of teaching. I can feel how much you bless your students in your words and am praying for all teachers in this season to bring Jesus love multiplied to their students. Good words offer God what we have be it small and ask Jesus to multiply it for His glory. What a magnificent God we serve Thankful for you Angie, and all you give to others. Nanak, glad you are here and praying God sends you close by friends too to share and encourage each other in Jesus. Hugs Sisters, He loves you right where you are, rest in Him.

  14. Indiana Elaine says:

    Angie, I can so identify with your growing up experiences. Nearly every Sunday we had a different family for Sunday dinner. Saturday afternoon my mom and I would butcher chickens for the Sunday dinner.

    I am a retired high school teacher. I had the privilege of sponsoring Youth For Christ in the high school where I taught. What a special time that was!

    I also attended BSF. I learned so much during those years. That was a special time of digging in depth into God’s word. I have been reading along with SRT for about 3 years and find it very inspirational. I do not post often, but glean much from the posts here.

    By the way, my father’s name was Aquila; however, my mom’s name was not Priscilla.

    1. Traci Gendron says:

      I also did BSF. I look back on that time of study with love. I learned so much. I’m enjoying SRT as well! Great way to stay in the word everyday. And with so many wonderful women!

  15. CeeGee says:

    THANK YOU BAILEY GILLEDPIE for sharing your personal story to help us focus on this teaching! I agree with CHURCHMOUSE and NANAK in my ‘current season.’ I don’t go out much and see very few folks when I do, but I try to give a smile and a ‘God bless you’ to as many I can. I like ANGIE ‘S words – GRACE and FLEXIBILITY! Your insights and prayers bless me daily, ALL of you sweet SRT ladies! Have a blessed Wednesday!

  16. MARTHA HIX says:


  17. Angie says:

    Sorry, one final thought.

    The Body of Christ is made up of different parts, each one important and necessary. Right now, you might not be hands and feet, you may be the eyes, ears, or even heart. Things seem little or big to us sometimes, but in the kingdom of God…a mustard seed moves mountains. I pray you will not dwell on what you are unable to do but instead, bring your loaves and fishes to the Savior and allow Him to multiply them.

    If you read SRT posts and pray for others – thank you for moving mountains.
    If you read, pray, and post – thank you for moving mountains. Women may share here, in anonymity, what they might not otherwise.
    That is the grace and flexibility…we never know how God will us. We simply come and offer all – five loaves and fishes or a bottle of expensive perfume. He will use what we have, where we are. And just maybe that soldier marching next to you, headed Home, will turn out to be a lost son or daughter, neighbor, friend, sister or brother…or maybe even a fellow SRT reader! If that doesn’t make you want to shout, “Hallelujah!” (and I didn’t come out of a shouting background…) I don’t know what will! Blessings ladies.

  18. Mari V says:

    May I always be open for correction. Even when I don’t like it I know it’s for the best in order for me to grow in wisdom and the knowledge. I keep in mind it’s all done with God’s love and in my best interest so that I can continue growing. I guess in a sense no matter what age we are we never stop growing and learning.

  19. NanaK says:

    Oh my goodness Angie! I love the wrinkle comparison! :-) I feel so blessed to be able to glean insight and knowledge from all of you dear SRT Sisters. Unfortunately, I don’t have this with anyone in person, so I feel especially blessed to be a part of this group.
    Happy Wednesday All!

  20. Stephanie Nederhoff says:

    Lord, please help me to grow great relationships like these. ❤️

  21. Angie says:

    It is encouraging to read about Aquila and Priscilla. Their occupation; tentmakers. Their life-breath; teaching others about Christ. Husband and wife, together – nice!

    I have fond memories as a young child, gathering in a room of wall-to-wall people sitting or standing wherever they could find a spot, Bibles open…reading and studying the Word of God together. There was a leader, “Uncle Harold,” but, the pages of everyone’s Bibles were turning equally to check references, to make connections, to follow new thoughts Everyone was hungry for the Word. Everyone was actively involved.

    Most Sundays mom would make a nice meal, and we would have different families come for dinner. We might talk together about the sermon or, if the family was having struggles…they might share. Sunday nights we would return to church for Bible sword drills, or testimonial services.

    Later, as an at-home-mom, I was able to be a part of Bible Study Fellowship. The children and I were a part of a large group of women who shared together first in small groups what they had studied through the week, and then in a large gathering worshiped together and had an overview for the next week’s study.

    Fast forward to the recent present: My occupation is elementary teacher, and from August to May much of my life-breath is spent ministering to my public school children and their families. I have known God provided the job and believe it is a calling on my life The underlying goal is always that children and families will see Jesus. For families who already know Jesus as Lord, it is a blessing. For families dwelling in darkness I pray it is a glimpse of His Light.

    Normally in the summer I get to have people into my home for meals, go visit others who are shut-in, read more, and dig deeper and for longer periods of time into the Word than I have the luxury for during the school year.

    But life is different right now for all of us. Some people would welcome coming together for a meal, whether inside the house or out. Others might feel offended that you would even consider such a thing. Some are so lonely, they practically drag you in. Others need the safety of a phone call, card, or wave through a window. I think key words right now are grace and flexibility.

    As things were, they are not presently. It doesn’t have to be bad, just different. We can find ways to be Aquila and Priscilla’s where we are, for Jesus, in today’s circumstances. It is more important than ever to be reaching out with the message of the gospel.

    What does it look like for me? It has been changing week by week, day by day. Grace and flexibility. Things are different then what I am used to, but what if that is what it takes for someone’s heart to be open to Jesus? We chose whether to glorify God in the today. We can still move mountains together for Him.

    What does/will it look like for you?

    It feels daunting but, what if we don’t let it?
    What if instead we armor up, stand firmly-side by side for the kingdom of God and march forward in His love. Together battling evil – not people. Bending down to help the wounded and weary as we march toward Home.
    I was reading in Revelation last night where it talked about 10,000 x 10,000 worshiping before the King. Someday we get to be a part of that multitude! Let’s help our brothers and sisters stand and march Home too. True healing, Life, is only found in Jesus.

    1. Maricella Smith says:

      Thank you Angie … I receive your petition Amen- it doesn’t have to be bad… just different…Grace and flexibility.. it’s perfectly imperfect and we adapt. Armor up for the same victory

  22. Nicole Burgos says:

    Lord I pray that you continue to show me who those friends are.

  23. Nancy Singleton says:

    I love how you called Priscilla & Aquila a “power couple” for God. Look how they picked up & traveled with Paul to Ephesus, relocating there to share the gospel. I had the blessing of visiting Ephesus (& other ruins in Turkey) last year. It was amazing to be where great pioneers of the faith had lived & worked for the Lord so many centuries ago! I love how the Lord used a husband-wife team to witness & encourage others, like Apollo, to grow in faith. There have been times that God used my husband & I to minister to others together, & it has strengthened our faith & our relationship.

  24. Teaphee says:

    Father God, thank you for the SRT community who pray for each other, encourage one another, and share their stories to declare Your power and love. These women (and men) are unique in Your image. I ask that You will empower each of them through the Holy Spirit to demonstrate Your love and impart Your wisdom to build Your Church. I pray You will let us see more of Your love and grace to us today. In Jesus’s name. Let it be, amen.

  25. Churchmouse says:

    Angie, your post made me chuckle! Surely the wrinkles in my brain are leaking as I look in the mirror each day lol I shall appreciate my wrinkles now as a sign of brain expansion lol

  26. Churchmouse says:

    I’m in the higher risk category in this season of Covid so I have been mostly housebound since March. At first it was a bit maddening and I pushed against the goad. I’ve come to appreciate this time however because it’s given me the opportunity to listen to and watch a variety of Bible teachers and preachers. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new or have my conscience pricked by fresh conviction. The Bible is truly alive and relevant in all seasons, at all time. Bible teachers are welcomed inside my home daily and yet I can maintain physical distancing. I am not neglecting the gathering together of Christian fellowship for they gather in my home, bringing new insight and tender encouragement for such a time as this. I thank God for the technology and the teaching, the faithful sharing of their gifts. What a blessing!

  27. Christina Fowlkes says:

    Lord I pray that you bless me with this time

  28. Angie says:

    STEPHANIE C. thank you for affirming that I am understanding who the James’ are correctly. I also did not realize that the book of Jude was written by Jesus’s brother Judas. I’m going to try to reread it today with that knowledge. It will give me a different perspective. Thank you! Those were new wrinkles for me.

    I tell my students every year that as you learn something new, you get a new wrinkle in your brain. As your knowledge gets deeper, so do the wrinkles. I tell them I want them to be the wrinkliest-brained 4th graders to start school next year. One time, and I love children, a sweet boy raised his hand to share a “light-bulb” moment he had. His words were something like, “Now I get it! That is why you have wrinkles on your face. Once you get too many to fit on your brain, they come out on your face!” I laughed, and agreed with him that must be what happens.

    So Stephanie C…I may have one more wrinkle on my face now but, I’ll gladly take lots and lots more if I’m learning truth about the Word of God. Thank you!