Acts 18.24-28

At one of the places mentioned in vv.18-23 we read that there was a Jew named Apollos. Apollos goes on to make multiple appearances in Scripture (particularly in 1 Corinthians) and becomes a valued ministry partner to Paul. 

He is described as an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures…fervent in spirit…someone who spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus though he knew only the baptism of John. Apollos was, to use a modern phrase, on fire for the Lord even though he didn’t know too much more than the basics. Seeing this, Priscilla and Aquilla…took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. The result we see in vv.27-28:

“…he assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, for he refuted the Jews vigorously in public debate, demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.”

(NET)

The result of Priscilla and Aquilla’s help and Apollos’ humility to take it was a more effective ministry. He becomes a person of great encouragement, an even more powerful speaker, and one who could point to the Scriptures to show that the Christ was Jesus.

If Apollos was too proud to take guidance and direction there would be scores of people who remained discouraged. If Apollos refused help of any kind, believing that he could do it all himself, then there would be people who may have never heard the Scriptural truth that Jesus was the long promised and prophesied Messiah.

What a great point for you and for me to think on today: be humble enough to take help when it is offered.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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