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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 254/260: Apollos

Read Acts 18:24-28; 1 Corinthians 3:5-8

Understanding The Way Of God Accurately

How do you respond when you are told that you are wrong? Most people get defensive. It’s not a good feeling to be wrong about something. We must be humble, however, and realize that we don’t always have all the answers. We are not always right. Sometimes we are wrong.

Apollos was “born at Alexandria” (Acts 18:24), a city known for good education. Apollos was very likely an intelligent man. He was also “eloquent” (Acts 18:24). He was able to clearly communicate ideas in such a way that people could understand what he meant. Not only that, but he was “mighty in the Scriptures” (Acts 18:24). He had a grasp on the Old Testament Law, the history of the Jewish people, the poetry of David, and the prophetic works.

“This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25). Now we’ve got a problem. He knew what he needed to know up to a point, but his knowledge stopped short of all that he needed to know.

Thankfully, Aquila and Priscilla saw the deficiency in his knowledge and set out to complete it. Privately, without embarrassing Apollos, they “explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). Had this couple made a public spectacle of Apollos’ ignorance, he may have doubled down and refused to listen. But because of their humility and tact, they were able to set the record straight and help the cause of the kingdom.

Armed with more accurate knowledge, Apollos went to Achaia and “greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:27-28).

Apollos was such an asset to the Lord’s church that in his letter to Corinth, Paul commended his work while reminding the Corinthians that preachers are God’s servants, and it is God who ultimately causes growth in the gospel.

Let No One Deceive Himself

Let No One Deceive Himself

I. 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

    A. “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”
    B. God sees things differently than man (1 Samuel 16:6-7; Luke 16:13-15)

II. Galatians 6:3

    A. Context (Galatians 6:1-5; cf. Romans 3:23)
    B. How should the Christian think of self? (Mark 12:31; Romans 12:3; 6:18)

III. James 1:21-25

    A. If we are going to wear the name “Christian,” we must have the attitude of Christ
    B. How important is it to do what we hear? (Matthew 7:24-27)

IV. 1 John 1:8

    A. By recognizing sin in our lives, we give ourselves the opportunity to make it right with God (1 John 1:9)
    B. Contrast between light and darkness (1 John 1:5-6; Romans 6:16-18; 6:1-2)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 179/260: Read 1 Corinthians 3

She began attending the services of the church with her grandson during Vacation Bible School a few years ago. The people were friendly, and she felt welcome every time she came through the door. Because of the friendliness found within the congregation, she was planted where she needed to be.

I had the privilege of being a waterer this week. We met together to study the Bible privately. She had questions, and we wrote those down, and we will get to those eventually, but there were certain foundations we needed to establish before we got to those. We opened the Scriptures and let God convince her through His gospel what she needed to do.

And that’s the key – “God gave the increase.” When she saw in the Scriptures that she had previously been taught incorrectly about religious matters, she wanted to make it right – not because “the preacher said so,” but because God showed her the truth through His Word.

In the first century, Paul planted and Apollos watered. Still today, Christians must be involved in sowing the seed, in planting and watering, but recognize that when all is said and done, it is God through His Word that gives the increase!

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Corinthians 1:10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same ________, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same ________ and in the same ________.


Pray for your friends and neighbors who are not members of the church, and look for opportunities to plant and water the seed of truth.