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Biblical Preaching

bibleWelcome to Church today as we continue our sermon series on the Acts of the Apostles!

In chapters 17-19 Luke plainly showed the significant spread of the Good News into the 3 major cities of the Graeco-Roman World.

In today’s passage we find the Apostle Paul taking a detour so he can strengthen the faith of the disciples in Galatia and Phrygia. Apollos, a Jewish Convert to Christianity, boldly spoke up in the synagogue for the Christian faith. Apollos shows us the importance of having a thorough grounding in the scriptures.

Apollos used his God-given ability as a powerful speaker to preach the Gospel clearly. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord through the scriptures and through his fellow Believers.

Now whilst Apollos new the scriptures well, he didn’t know everything. So he humbly accepted more information concerning baptism from the husband and wife team of Priscilla and Aquila (the tent makers that Paul had shared lodgings with when they were all in Corinth).

Apollos spoke with burning enthusiasm.biblical preaching

He accurately taught the things concerning Jesus.

He was willing to BE taught!

My prayer for all of us is: that we would know our scriptures well; that we would have a burning enthusiasm to share our knowledge of Jesus our Saviour with everyone we can; that we would grow even more in our knowledge and love of God…

And that we would commit ourselves afresh to the determined study of His Word!

 

NRS Acts 18:23 – 19:10

23After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 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. 191 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the
people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied– 7 altogether there were about twelve of them. 8 He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 When some stubbornly refused to believe and spoke evil of the Way before the congregation, he left them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.