Scripture- Acts 18:26-27 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside 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.
Observation- Apollos preached the word of God boldly in the synagogue in Ephesus. However, he was only aware of the baptism of repentance shared by John the Baptist. Apollos was open to additional teaching from Priscilla and Aquila. Priscilla and Aquila, having been disciples by Paul, knew the baptism of the Spirit that comes from placing your faith in Jesus and cared enough to instruct Apollos. The brothers encouraged Apollos in his missionary journey and took the time to write letters to them them about Apollos to greet him warmly.
Application – There are so many great applications for us to follow in this passage about Apollos. First, he prepared to preach the word of the Lord. He preached with a boldness and fervor that we all should posses concerning the word of God. I must be open to instruction that will help me more clearly and correctly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, if a brother requires additional teaching, I need to step up to do that lovingly. As a brother, if I know someone going out into the mission field I better encourage and equip them however possible with prayer and support. I should outreach to those I know to welcome a missionary and thusly I need to be welcoming and show hospitality to missionaries as they are giving their lives in service for the Kingdom.
Prayer – Father,
Thank you for the truth in your word and the examples the early church shows for us to follow. Let me share your word boldly, be open to instruction, be encouraging and welcoming to brothers and sisters to have the glory point to you.