We’re into our last week of Bible and Breakfast. Woo-hoo! You made it this far, and I’m so proud of you.
(And you know what, even if you’re saving these daily challenges in a folder to go back to later, I’m still proud of you, because you’re making plans to invest in your relationship with Jesus. Pull out the calendar and write down the date you’ll start this challenge over again, so you don’t forget. Because that’s the kind of thing that I would do. LOL)
Today I’m happy to invite Erica Wiggenhorn to join us for Bible and Breakfast.
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
Coffee and conversation is the best food and drink ever!
Snack on the Go
In a rush? The short devotional from our guest is a “spiritual snack” to keep you going until you find time to sit down and feast on Scripture.
I love the story in Acts 18 when Priscilla & Aquila invited Apollos into their home.
A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Hospitality goes a long way in ministry!
FEAST at the Table
If you have more time to linger at the breakfast table, open your Bible with me and let’s dig into God’s Word using the FEAST method.
Focus on God: Begin by asking God to focus your mind and turn your heart toward Him. And ask the Holy Spirit to give you His wisdom as you study. One prayer I’ve adopted from my local church’s women’s ministry leader is, “Lord, make me smarter than I am!” Amen?
Engage the text: Read Acts 18. Write down the main characters in this chapter, and one observation about each of them. Based on verses 1-3, what was Paul’s relationship with Aquila and Priscilla? What were their daily activities? What was their main topic of conversation? How did the couple aid Paul in his proclamation of the gospel (see also verses 18-19)? How did Paul help them? How is this pattern similar to what happens in verses 24-26? How is it different? What are the ripple effects of Priscilla and Aquila’s investment in Apollos, according to verses 27-28? What else stands out to you as you study this passage?
Assess the main idea: In a single sentence, summarize the main idea of this passage. Try to make it precise, concise, and memorable.
Spark transformation: Acts 18 clearly models a pattern of discipleship, as Paul pours into Priscilla and Aquila, and they in turn invest in Apollo, who goes on to preach and disciple others through his travels. Priscilla and Aquila discipled others by inviting people into their home, meeting their physical needs, and investing in their spiritual lives. In light of this focus on discipleship, ask the Holy Spirit to show you opportunities to disciple others in your life, starting with those in your own family. What’s one practical way you can invest physically and spiritually in someone close to you this week?
Turn to God in worship: Though Paul, Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollo seem to be the main characters of this passage, the bigger character empowering them is God. According to Ephesians 2:10, what do these believers’ actions say about God? The Greek word for “workmanship” sometimes has the connotation of a “work of art.” What does this say about God? Spend some time worshiping God for who He is and how He works in the world, not only in Paul’s days but it our lifetimes as well.