Broken Together: Don’t Waste Your Marriage

Pastor Jordan’s sermon, “Don’t Waste Your Marriage” in the Broken Together series is available to watch or listen to here.

We got to hear from Pastor Jordan Cavanaugh this week, and he delved into another biblical marriage — Priscilla and Aquila in the book of Acts. Pastor Jordan pointed out Priscilla and Aquila’s ministry. They worked together to share the gospel and advance the cause of Christ. When they encountered Apollos, who was passionately speaking about Jesus, they invited him to their home and explained the way of God to him more clearly. Two points hit me most in Pastor Jordan’s sermon this week:

1. Priscilla and Aquila worked together for their common goal. Jordan pointed out that lots of marriages have common goals — raising kids, getting that dream home, working toward better jobs. But what ultimately united Priscilla and Aquila was their love for the Lord. Because of Him, they were moving forward together — no matter what the other circumstances of life were. Pastor Jordan talked about his own marriage as well. He and his wife Julie excel in different areas, and they submit to one another in order to improve at both of their gifts. And their goal isn’t to do this for their own sake, but for the sake of Jesus.

2. Hospitality! Priscilla and Aquila invited Apollos over in order to share more with him. They didn’t preach at him in the synagogue — they welcomed him into their home. This is such a huge aspect of the culture of the Bible that we sometimes miss. In the Ancient Near East, and still in the Middle East today, hospitality is hugely important. If you were a bedouin living in the desert, and a stranger wandered by, you would throw him the biggest party you could afford. You’d pull out all the stops to show kindness to someone. We see this happen in the Bible when Abraham gets a visit from three strangers in Genesis 18. Sarah immediately bakes bread, Abraham kills one of his best calves, and he makes a feast. It is just what you did. Hospitality is all throughout the Scripture. In fact, we see God in the very beginning create a wonderful world and then inviting us over to live in it.

I was challenged to think about hospitality and hosting. This is something my husband and I love to do and should do more of. Our home can be a safe place to entertain, show love, and share Jesus with our friends.

What challenged you in Pastor Jordan’s sermon?

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