Planting and Watering–Is there no other work to do?

Acts 18:18–28

Planting and Watering–Is there no other work to do?

Acts 18:18–28

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


1. PRISCILLA AND AQUILA

2. PRISCILLA AND AQUILA WITH APOLLOS

3. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR LIVES?

4. CORE-TIME CHRISTIAN MISSION


1 Corinthians 3:6

I, [Paul], planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.


Romans 16:3

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus


1 Corinthians 16:19

The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.


2 Timothy 4:19

Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.


FIVE IMPLICATIONS adapted from Skye Jethani's 2008 article entitled “Mission and Recession”

1) It would mean helping people to see the missional dignity of ordinary work; communicating that their jobs matter to Christ and his kingdom, not just what happens within the walls of the church.


2) It would mean elevating the role of family and household relationships as vehicles for spiritual growth and missional engagement.


3) It would mean not extracting people from their lives and communities to engage in church programming, but equipping them to live in communion with Christ within the context he has placed them.


4) It would shift the focus of Sunday worship away from mission and outreach to a time of celebration and encouragement for Christians who are engaged in mission the other six days of the week.


5) It would mean an adjustment in what the church counts as growth-not only institutional expansion or programmatic growth, but stories of ordinary people, faithful to Christ, at home, at work, at school and everywhere life happens.


Recommended Resources:

The Gospel Comes with a Housekey by Rosaria Butterfield

The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

Come Thou Fount

All Creatures Of Our God And King

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

Hallelujah What A Savior

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

In Tenderness

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

Hail The King

Grace Alone

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1:

Read 1 Corinthians 3:6. On Sunday, Jeremiah suggested that while it is true that there are gospel-planters and waterers, such as Paul and Apollos, there are also gospel-cultivators, such as Priscilla and Aquila. What do you observe about the character and behavior of this couple in Acts 18:18-28?

QUESTION 2:

Jeremiah referenced an article by Skye Jethani written in the midst of the recession in 2008 in which he suggests that as believers we must learn to be about our Christian ministry not only in our “leisure time”, but also in our “core time”. What is the difference between these two approaches to the contribution of our time, talent and treasure?

QUESTION 3:

Consider the “Five Implications” listed in the notes above. On Sunday Jeremiah suggested that it is essential that our households and Community Groups discover together how we can be faithful to this “daily life” approach to ministry. In this way, the disciples will become the face of the church. Discuss together how this might play out in your lives.

PRAYER NOTES