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Acts 18:23-28 (ESV)
23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 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. 27 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, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
- Acts 18:23
- This marks the starting point of Paul’s third missionary journey. As he prepares to leave the comforts of his “home church” in Antioch, and especially after all the suffering he endured on the second trip, what range of thoughts might have occurred in Paul’s mind at this point?
- Reflect on the principle Paul wrote about to the Corinthians, that of dying so that others can live:
2 Corinthians 4:7–12 (ESV)
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
How does this challenge me?
- What can we learn about Priscilla and Aquila through their interaction with Apollos? What can I infer about Apollos through this interaction? Are there ways I am challenged to be more teachable or better equipped in Scriptures?