24Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. 27When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
- Apollos probably came to believing the Way and learn about Jesus in Alexandria. Basically, he was still waiting for the arrival of the Messiah just as John the Baptist. His baptism was based on repentance but not on believing the finished work of Christ.
- Priscilla and Aquila realized the problem with Apollos, they graciously invited him over and explained to him the way of God more accurately and clearly.
- When you see someone making mistakes, what is your reaction? Do you have the love and wisdom to correct and to teach?
For me ‘twas not the truth you taught,
To you so clear, to me so dim,
But when you came to me you brought
A sense of Him!
And from your eyes He beckons me,
And from your heart His love is shed,
Till I lose sight of you and see
The Christ instead.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
When Priscilla and Aquila realized the problem with Apollos, they invited him over and explained to him the way of God more accurately and clearly. What would you do if you see your friend making mistakes? How would you help him/her? Discuss different situations and ways to help. Turn to yesterday’s page in your Family Devotional Journal, to the people and place you decided to share the gospel. Plan the steps to carry it out and pray for them.
Prayer & Journaling: On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions, words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today 14:8-11
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.