vv 1-3. Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakersjust as he was.

Anti-Semitism is nothing new; the Emperor Claudius ejected all Jews from Rome, probably because they refused to offer him worship. Paul, who made a living from tent making, linked up with Aquila and Priscilla, also tentmakers by trade. So another working friendship was established – a reminder that the workplace gives wonderful opportunities for speaking about our faith. This couple joined Paul’s mission team too, and later can be found (Acts 18:24-26) in Ephesus encouraging the Church there and helping a new preacher, Apollos, get his stories about Jesus in better shape. Apollos then went on to preach in Corinth and be a church encourager there too. Paul certainly regarded him as a team member and writes about him in 1 Corinthians 3:5 ‘After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.

That is the way a team works: each one using the gifts and abilities given by God, and cooperating with one another to get the task completed.

Thursday 2nd January Daily Notes from The Hub