Apollos and God’s Word (Acts 18:26-28)

Acts 18:26-28 – He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
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This passage, which comes after the arrival of Apollos in Ephesus, is useful for believers to know how we are to go about teaching and learning. Apollos was an eloquent communicator, and he knew the scriptures well. Apollos had a few things missing in his understanding of Christianity, so Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and taught him the way of God more accurately. After Apollos was better educated in theology, he went out and taught the gospel to others boldly and accurately from the scriptures.

What grabs my attention today, is that Apollos reasoned strongly from the scriptures to prove his point. Apollos did not simply rely on his solid ability to communicate. He did not pull out a philosophical textbook for apologetic techniques. He did not look for a scientist who taught what he believed. Apollos simply trusted God’s word to be enough to change the lives of the people around him.

Do you want to think rightly about Christ? Do you want to help others to believe rightly about Christ? Do you want to have an impact on the lives of others that lasts? The way to accomplish this is to prayerfully teach the word of God to them. People are not convinced by clever arguments. People’s lives are not changed by the latest fad drug or psychological technique. People change when God changes them through his word and his power. You and I must rely on God’s word to strongly refute error in both religious and non-religious teaching. We must rely on God’s word as the weapon in our arsenal that will truly do the work of God.

Lord, I thank you for your word. I ask that you will help me to know your word more and more so that I might know you more and more. Help me not to be tempted to rely on worldly wisdom to help people. Help me, instead, to rely on your word, which is all sufficient to change lives.

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