But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:26)
There are tasks that are impossible in one’s lifetime except by Team effort. During his missionary journeys, Paul actively harnesses the power of teamwork: he picks up great helps and builds a strong team that propagates the gospel beyond his good personal efforts; this enabled him to go far and beyond borders with the gospel. In today’s passage, we see the couple that accompanied him from Corinth to Ephesus – Priscilla and Aquila. This couple does not rise to leadership prominence like Peter, Paul or Apollos (of whom Corinthian sects named themselves – 1Cor 1:12), but they are faithful disciples who are not afraid of correcting the eloquent visiting preacher. In the passage in Acts 18:22-28, the power of teamwork is exemplified at its epitome: Apollos is not only receptive of more teaching from this couple in the congregation, but goes forth now more powerfully, highly commended by the very disciples that helped him.
The gospel needs teamwork. Yes, we sharpen one another when we discuss and share our Scripture studies and insights; but beyond the message, teamwork in methods and means is necessary as well. This is necessary today and here, as we focus on raising funds for continuation of the Musiime Hall construction project at Kakumba Chapel. It requires the participation of all who care, bringing their money, and attention. Kakumba Chapel embarked on the vertical extension of the Chapel Hall to create more working space and the Musiime Hall – a multi-purpose Hall, which will majorly be used as a Teens’ Chapel, and for fellowships, meetings, parties, short courses and University lectures and exams. The motivation of these physical development actions is the Gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ to reach more and deeper, and to equip more people to go and proclaim the same.
Teamwork in gospel work requires one essential center anchor and three desirable facets: The Holy Spirit is the essential center anchor for all gospel workers; led by the Holy Spirit, even the eloquent preacher is humble enough to receive correction and more learning; even the listening disciple is able to discern what is right and what is incomplete. Led by the Holy Spirit, the team grows and its effectiveness heightens, and the church is blessed. Teamwork in gospel work requires the three desirable facets of message, methods and means: God has endowed us differently to be complementary as we study and apply the message, and as we pass on the gospel through different activities and communication skills – the methods. More so, God has provided for his work through our various resources which when we bring together become the means for letting to gospel go to the farthest ends of the earth.
My prayer is that each one of us takes their part in the teamwork under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that the work of the gospel will thrive on in this community and spreading far and beyond. God bless you all.