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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.

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 253/260: Aquila and Priscilla

Read Acts 18:1-4, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4

Hospitable, Humble, And Heroic

There are many individuals mentioned in the book of Acts and in the letters of Paul about whom we simply do not know very much. Take, for instance, some of the brothers and sisters Paul mentions in the last chapter of Romans: Phoebe, Epaenetus, Andronicus, Junia, Amplias, and Urbanus. Then there are others that we get to know a little better, such as Aquila and Priscilla.

When first introduced to this godly couple, we learn of their hospitality. The inspired record tells us that they were tentmakers, and as such Paul “stayed with them and worked” since he was also a tentmaker (Acts 18:3). They opened their home to a brother in Christ. I can recall several times that visiting evangelists would stay in my home when I was young. My parents were excellent hosts like Aquila and Priscilla.

We also learn of this couple’s humility even in the face of error. There was a man named Apollos who was very zealous in his teaching, but he did not have all the information he needed; “he knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25). The Christian couple did not stand up in the middle of his teaching and shout him down. “When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). What a noble example of “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

But there is another piece of information Paul reveals in Romans 16 about this couple. While we do not have the full details, Paul says that this husband-and-wife team “risked their own necks for my life” (Romans 16:4). Not only were they hospitable and humble, but they were also heroic to the point that in some way they saved Paul’s life and his divine mission to the Gentile world. Oh, how I would love to hear the details of that epic adventure!

Aquila and Priscilla will forever stand as excellent examples of hospitality, humility, and heroism. May we strive to be more like them in our Christian service!

The One Baptism (Acts 18:24-19:7)

The One Baptism Acts 18:24-19:7

Acts 18:24-19:7

I. Apollos, Aquila, and Priscilla

    A. Apollos, educated and eloquent, “knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:24-26a; Mark 1:4; Matthew 3:7-8)
    B. Aquila and Priscilla corrected him privately (Acts 18:26b)
    C. Apollos was corrected and continued his work for the Lord (Acts 18:27-28)

II. Paul and the Ephesians

    A. “Into John’s baptism” (Acts 19:1-4; Matthew 3:1-2; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19)
    B. Their reaction to Paul’s teaching: humble obedience (Acts 19:5)
    C. The gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6-7; Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10)

III. “Do I need to be rebaptized?”

    A. Infant baptism
    B. Sprinkling or pouring (Romans 6:3-5)
    C. Going along with the crowd/trying to please others
    D. Viewed as unnecessary/unessential (1 Peter 3:21)
    E. Baptized into a church/fellowship that operates contrary to New Testament authority (2 Timothy 2:10; Galatians 3:27)

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Day 42/260: Read Acts 18

Is it possible that you have been wrong about some spiritual matter? That you have been unintentionally misled, or perhaps not fully informed?

Consider Apollos. He was “an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures.” This had reference, of course, to the inspired writings of the Old Testament. Yet, he was not completely up-to-date. Jesus had come and fulfilled the Scriptures. Apollos had been taught John’s baptism, but had not yet been informed of the new covenant instituted by Christ on the cross.

Aquila and Priscilla heard him and discerned that Apollos was sincere in his belief. Sincerity, however, is not enough. So they taught him privately; they “explained to him the way of God more accurately.”

Is there someone in your life that is honest and sincere, but misinformed? Can you, with love and gentleness, explain to them the gospel more accurately?

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Pray

Pray for a spirit of gentleness within you as you reach out to the sincere, yet misinformed, people in your life.

Learning from Aquila and Priscilla

Acts 18:1-4

I. Honorable

    A. In life (Acts 18:2; 1 Peter 4:1-4)
    B. In work (Acts 18:3; 1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; Proverbs 31)

II. Hospitable

    A. Opened their home to Paul (Acts 18:3)
    B. Opened their home to the church (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19)
    C. A commandment of God (Romans 12:13; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Timothy 5:10; 1 Peter 4:9)

III. Humble

    A. In teaching (Acts 18:24-26)
    B. “Risked their own necks” (Romans 16:3-4; Philippians 2:5-8)