Tents, Friends, and Ministry

Upon entering Corinth, Paul sensed God’s Spirit urging him to latch on to Aquila and his wife Priscilla. For a year and a half, as they sewed tents and leather together, Paul mentored them even as they encouraged Paul. A harsh, threatening city, Corinth pummeled believers. To “korinthianize” meant to live an immoral life. The demands and discouragement of ministry in Corinth often wore Paul thin. And when he needed a retreat, guess where? Right into the heart and home of his friends. Close Christian friends propel us into ministry. And when ministry produces raw wounds, God himself provides a refuge, often in the sweet company of understanding friends.

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