Prayer: O God, let your Word touch our hearts, in Christ. Amen.
Encouraging new leaders
26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.
Our devotion writer declares; “We’ve met them—those folks who enter our churches high on enthusiasm but limited in understanding…their ability to effectively teach or contribute to the church’s mission is hindered by their inability to see the bigger picture.”
It is easy to write these people off, as our devotion writer puts it, but look at how Pricilla and Aquila handle Apollos. There is no committee to reprimand, no angry confrontation. Also they don’t hide behind a plant or a post when he comes near. Instead they encourage Apollos and they share their knowledge to help Apollos fill in the blanks in his knowledge. They even write to Apollos’ home church supporting his ministry. In turn, there is an even greater help to the new believers.
Those who are filled with a new excitement for the Lord need to be encourage, not discouraged.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, guide the teachers of your church. Help us raise up new generations to share your Word. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Ministry of Apollos
24 Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm 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 the Way of God to him more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.