Paul’s Support Team

Paul’s Support Team

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It took a high level of courage and commitment as well as a sense of calling to bring the Gospel to the first-century Roman world. Paul was trained and chosen for this task. But he did not travel alone. One of his companions was Aristarchus, a believer from Macedonia.

While in Ephesus, a huge disturbance erupted after Paul shared the Gospel. Paul was the center of the confusion, but Aristarchus was there with him, facing the same dangers.

Aristarchus was one of Paul’s “traveling companions.” Some might have abandoned the journey because of the hazards. But Aristarchus remained loyal, traveling with Paul after leaving Ephesus (Acts 20:4).

For a time others traveled with Paul but, along the way, some abandoned him. But months later when Paul boarded a ship that was to take him to Rome, Aristarchus was one of the few to accompany him (Acts 27:2).

In the introduction to his letter to the Colossians, Paul described Aristarchus as “my fellow prisoner” (Colossians 4:10), which demonstrated their developing partnership.

Paul recognized that followers of Christ were like a body with many members, each of whom was important (1 Corinthians 12:14).

Aristarchus was a powerful example of this principle in action. He did not get attention himself, but he supported Paul. He was a man of encouragement and partnership, totally committed to the Gospel, a faithful servant, and an example for all of us.