Where did they work?
They travelled around working with the Apostle Paul (Acts18:18) with their hands (Acts 20:34). They supported themselves by making tents.
Who did they minister to?
One man they ministered to was Apollos. He was eloquent, powerful in the scriptures, instructed in the way of the Lord, fervent in spirit, and he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus. He also spoke boldly in the Synagogue.
As good as this sounds, something was missing. Apollos only knew about the baptism of John.
What happens next is very impressive. Apollos humbles himself and acknowledges that he doesn’t know everything and that there is something that this husband and wife have that he doesn’t. I respect this most about Apollos. Not many big shot preachers are willing to humble themselves like Apollos and listen to what others have to say. Especially to a man and a woman who made tents for a living.
How did they minister?
According to the Greek in Acts 18:26, it is believed that Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home first and fed him, then they talked. The Greek word proslambano translated “to take to oneself” also implies to “use food, friendship, and hospitality.” This probably had something to do with opening Apollos’ heart to hear the way of God expounded more accurately (Acts 18:26). Had they pulled him aside at the podium or back stage it might not have gone over too well. Point is, a lot can happen in a home! With food and friends!
What did they minister?
They ministered the way of God. Since Apollos only knew the baptism of John, Priscilla and Aquila probably touched on topics like the Body of Christ since that is what we are baptized into, not just the baptism of John.
What’s wrong with the baptism of John?
John’s baptism was a call to repent and prepare a way for the Lord Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just missing something. Many Christians today have been saved and baptized but they’re still missing something, and they know it. They need “the Way” that Priscilla and Aquila were preaching and living. This “Way” was what the Apostle Paul was preaching and living. This “Way” is what every genuine believer has followed. They were even persecuted for following “the Way” (Acts 9:2, 19:9, 23).
Notice how the word “Way” is capitalized in the Bible. It must be important!
What is “the Way?”
The Way – Denoting the Lord’s full salvation in God’s New Testament economy. It is the way God dispenses Himself into the believers through Christ’s redemption and the Spirit’s anointing; it is the way the believers partake of God and enjoy God; it is the way the believers worship God in their spirit by enjoying Him and follow the persecuted Jesus by being one with Him; and it is the way the believers are brought into the church and built up into the Body of Christ to bear the testimony of Jesus – Acts 9:2 Footnote 1
What is “full salvation”?
“Full salvation” means that there is more to being saved than repenting from sin and accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and savior. This is where many Christians stop. This is why many Christians stop growing and remain “infants” (1 Cor. 3:1). “God’s full salvation” includes the judicial aspect of repenting and the organic aspect of growing.
What is God’s dispensing?
“God’s dispensing” means God is feeding us with the pure milk of the word so we can grow (1 Peter 2:2). This is the organic aspect of salvation. John the Baptist and Apollos preached about the judicial aspect of salvation. They probably condemned people of their sin and charged them to repent. Priscilla and Aquila nourished Apollos with food (both physical and spiritual). There is a big difference here! Organic salvation is more than having knowledge of the Bible in our mind (which John and Apollos had). It means we have a spirit that needs to be fed. Jesus is our food! We need to eat HIM! (John 6:57).
In conclusion, there are many Apollos today. There are also some Priscillas and Aquilas. To find a home like Priscilla’s and Aquila’s full of friends, food, and fellowship, check out this link: