Formations Lesson for June 26- Listening to God-s Word
June 9 2011 by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Acts 18:24-28

Each of us has our own story of how we came to follow Jesus. My own story goes like this: raised in church, early profession of faith, some years of spiritual lethargy, and then a time of inner spiritual revival.

What made a huge difference for me was reading and getting into the Bible.

It became a passion, and it still is. But, it wasn’t a solo journey. Whoever originally said “there are no lone ranger Christians” was absolutely right.

I had a support system which consisted of some peers and some wiser, more experienced adults.   Every day I am thankful for those lay men and women and those pastors who invested in my life.   My life story is not so radically different from that of Apollos, the man who is featured in this lesson.

Apollos was from Alexandria, Egypt. He was a Jew in a city of about 100,000 Jews. Apollos also grew up with educational opportunity.

Alexandria was home to the largest library of its time, so it is reasonable to expect that Apollos would have made the most of his opportunity to read the writings of many great philosophers and thinkers.

But at some point in his life, Apollos decided to become a Christian. We’re told that he knew something of the baptism teaching of John (the Baptist), but lacked a full understanding of Jesus’ ministry and the working of the Holy Spirit. We’re also told that Apollos was an excellent speaker. He “knew his Bible.”

I expect he had excelled at scripture memorization, public speaking, and debate in school. He was formidable in the pulpit.

Furthermore, he was bold in his conversation and witnessing to his people, the Jews. He did not shy away from confrontation, whether in private or public.

At the time we meet Apollos he was in Ephesus, probably taking care of some business matters.   While speaking in the synagogue, he was fortunate to be heard by Priscilla and Aquila. They were impressed, but they also saw a young man who could be far more effective if he was tutored or mentored properly.

Expediently, they talked to Apollos and made him an offer, saying something like this: “Let us help you. We can teach you things that Paul has taught us. We can tell you things about Jesus that you have not had the opportunity to know. We can teach you, and with our help, you can be even more effective as a Christian teacher and leader.”

Apollos said “yes,” and years later he would become one of the trusted leaders of the Corinthian church.
6/9/2011 6:18:00 AM by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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