Acts 18:24-28 says, “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.”
While some of the qualities of Apollos were surely gifts of God, there is no doubt that many came by determination and dedication to serving God. Let’s call it spiritual elbow grease. Also, there was much more to Apollos than just being a great speaker of The Word. Let’s finish our series this week by looking into the remainder of these qualities.
First, it says Apollos spoke and taught diligently the things of The Lord. Diligently means thoroughly, or with steady application and care. Stick with communicating the truth. Be faithful in communicating the truth. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing, and hearing - The Word of God (Rom 10:17). Don’t give up. Don’t quit. That’s what the propagators of evil want you to do. They want you to give out and give in. They want you to despair, and believe that it’s hopeless for you to try and change or influence anything in society. Don’t buy it. If the ungodly can be diligent about pushing their godless agenda - year in and year out - then certainly the Godly can be diligent in proclaiming the truth with even greater conviction and endurance.
Another great quality of Apollos was his humility. Aquila & Priscilla were blue collar laymen. Apollos was a highly educated orator. However, Apollos remained humble, and was able to receive the further teaching he needed from the Godly couple. While he was a great preacher, he didn’t have all of his Theology worked out. He only knew John’s baptism - not the baptism of the Holy Ghost seen in the following chapter. We need to always stay teachable. We need to always be wanting to grow in wisdom and knowledge. It would have been foolish and prideful for him to reject this wise counsel - but to receive it would only make him stronger, which it did. May we all imitate Apollos in humility and being teachable.
Apollos eventually went to Corinth, to minister to the church Paul had established there. It says that Apollos “helped them much”. The Corinthian church was a pretty carnal group. They had put faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but they had still retained many of their pagan ways. They needed further teaching and discipleship, and Apollos came to give it to them. We want to emulate him in this. We need to be willing to help out. We need to grow up ourselves, so that we can disciple others in the ways of God. A lot of depressed people would probably stop being depressed , if they would give themselves over to helping someone else out. Instead of complaining about your church or pastor, maybe you should go and say, “I’m here to serve in whatever way I can. I want to be an asset - not a burden - to this body.”
Verse 28 says Apollos mightily convinced the Jews by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah. Apollos knew that all of his authority came from the Word of God. We need to understand the same thing. When the Scriptures are the basis of all that we do and say, then we don’t have to fuss with defending ourselves. If someone wants to argue with God - then that’s between them and God (however, I wouldn’t recommend it). We simply state what God states. We simply proclaim what God’s Word says. It’s mightily convincing all on it’s own.
I pray this series on communicating your faith has helped you, blessed you, and challenged you. Don’t be a forgetful hearer, but a doer of God’s Word. Let’s make our voice known. Let’s effectively communicate our faith when we have the opportunity to do it. All things are possible with God. We can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord (Phip 4:4)