Apollos is an intellectaul giant, so it would seem, who really knew how to preach the scriptures.  However, for all his head knowledge Priscilla and Aquila needed to reveal to him something deeper.  It takes a humble man to admit he doesn’t know everything, even when he has a reputation for being smart.

I don’t know as much as I think I should about the things that I teach.  However, people who think that they know less than me have taught me a lot.  I have learned a child-like enthusiasm for God from Kristen Durante;  I have learned a trust and faith in God from my mother;  I have learned peace-making from my wife;  I have learned how to suffer from watching my in-laws.  I hope that I never learn so much as to think I have arrived.  I hope that my passion for learning never overshadows my compassion.

Acts 18:24 –

24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He 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.

 27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.

1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”

   They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

   “John’s baptism,” they replied.

 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.


  1. Would you pray for the parents of Danton Gunter?  I taught him in fifth grade.  He died in Florida this week at 18.

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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