Thanks for the saints with a church in their house!

The example of Priscilla and Aquila:

Romans 16:3-5a  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.  Likewise greet the church that is in their house. . .
I can think of no greater praise for a believing couple than to be likened to Aquila and Priscilla.  Here we see that this believing couple were helpers of the Apostle Paul and that they had even put their lives on the line for him.  We also see that they ran a fellowship in their home in Rome.

Acts 18:1-3 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
When Paul first witnessed to Aquila and Priscilla they were in Corinth.  They had left Rome because the government had commanded all Jews to leave.  Later on, as we saw above, they returned to Rome with the Word of God and ran a fellowship in their home.  In Corinth they got born again and lived and worked with the Apostle Paul.  In the Bible lands "tentmakers" was an occupation for women.  The corresponding occupation for men was to make saddles.  Paul, Aquila, and Priscilla worked together in this occupation as Paul spoke the Word in Corinth.  Aquila and Priscilla learned God's Word from Paul as they worked side by side.

Acts 18:18-19 And Paul after this tarried there yet  a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila . . . And he came to Ephesus and left them there: . . .

Aquila and Priscilla traveled with Paul and stayed in Ephesus.  While in Ephesus do you know what Aquila and Priscilla did?  They ran a fellowship in their home.

I Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you.   Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord with the church that is in their house.

and they spoke God's Word . . .

Acts 18:24-26 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Aquila and Priscilla heard Apollos speak the Word.  Apollos was an educated, eloquent man trained at Alexandria the great Greek learning center.  He was bold and "mighty in the scriptures," yet he did not know the Word as well as this simple believing couple that had worked with and learned the Word from the Apostle Paul.  Aquila and Priscilla took Apollos home and taught him God's Word.  Now that is fellowship in the home.  What a great example of a believing couple.

II Timothy 4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

At the end of the Apostle Paul's life Aquila and Priscilla were still standing on God's Word.

Church in the home:

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

As we saw with Aquila and Priscilla the first century believers met and spoke God's Word in homes.  The temple area was a public meeting place where the believers witnessed and spoke God's Word.  In every house the believers taught the Word and had fellowship with other believers.

Acts 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.

The believers met and learned God's Word in the home.  Here are some of the homes:

Romans 16:5 - Likewise the church that is in their house . . .

The Greek word for church is the word ekklesiaEkklesia means assembly or called out.  The believers assembled in the home to fellowship one with another, to pray, and to learn God's Word.

Colossians 4:15 - Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

Saints - holy ones:

In the epistles believers are called saints.  The word for saint is the Greek word hagion.  It means holy.  Only those to whom God has given holy spirit can rightfully be called saints.  We are God's holy ones because we have holy spirit from God abiding within us.

Ephesians 2: 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

If you are a fellowcitizen with an American then you are an American.  If you are a fellowcitizen with the saints you are a saint.

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints . . .
I Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church [ekklesia] of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
II Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church [ekklesia] of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints which are at Philippi. . .
Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse:. . .

Philippians 4:21a Salute every saint in Christ Jesus . . .


Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith [believing] is spoken of throughout the whole world.

This is my prayer as well.  I thank God for you saints like Aquila and Priscilla that run fellowships in your homes and hold fast the Word of God.  I thank God that your believing is spoken of throughout the whole world wide web and more importantly in your own home.

I Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

Ephesians 1:15-16 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith [believing] in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.

I Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25
November, 1997
Michael Cortright