Today is Tuesday, October 31st - Happy Halloween! Today, we continue our series through Acts and focus on Priscilla and Aquila’s interactions with Apollos, a teacher and preacher. Take note of the positive methods that Priscilla and Aquilla use in discipling Apollos. Enjoy reading as the sweetness of the Scriptures compliments the sweetness of the candy that (hopefully) you will be consuming today. - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Identify someone in your life, or someone on the news, who speaks confidently about issues, but speaks with an incorrect or incomplete understanding of the issues.
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Acts 18:24-28]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
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 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.
_ How is Apollos described in verses 24-25? What did Apollos know about the Scriptures, and in what ways was his knowledge incomplete?
_ What did Priscilla and Aquila do when they heard Apollos teach?
_ How does Priscilla and Aquila’s teachings aid Apollos in Achaia?
_ What does this passage teach us about discipleship?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Priscilla and Aquila identify that Apollos is zealous for teaching the Scriptures, but acknowledge that his understanding of Jesus is incomplete. They take Apollos under their tutelage to prepare him more fully to serve in his calling. Who is one person that you can walk with to teach the way of Jesus?
_ Why is it important for zeal to be balanced with knowledge? What does this balance look like in your own life?
_ What are some practical steps you can take to develop a more robust understanding of the Scriptures?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?