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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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I love the story of Apollos in the book of Acts.  He is not one of the better-known men of the New Testament, but he played a very significant role.  I don’t know that I have ever known anyone named Apollos.  But it is a good name.
 
From the book of Acts, we learn that he was educated, he was eloquent, he was experienced in life, and he was enthusiastic.  And, we also learn that he knew the Scripture and sought to live a life that pleased the Lord.  He seems like a pretty good fellow, doesn’t he?
 
What lessons do we learn from Apollos?
 
One, he had spiritual gifts and he used them.  Granted he was a little rough around the edges and he needed some direction, but he had been gifted by the Lord and he wanted to use those gifts for the Lord’s glory.  You have been gifted by the Lord, too.  Are you using them for His glory?
 
Second, Priscilla and Aquilla realized that even though he knew a lot about Scripture, and he was uniquely gifted that he needed some direction.  The Bible says they took him aside and helped him understand the things of the Lord more fully.  Now, at this point, Apollos could have bowed up his back and said, “who do you think you are?”  But he didn’t.  He received their counsel and instruction well.  He knew that he needed a little direction in his spiritual understanding and he gladly welcomed this couple’s counsel.  There are two sides to this coin that we all need to understand.  We can all receive counsel from others, and in most cases, we all have wisdom and insight that we can share with others.  How are you doing with those two things?
 
Third, Apollos had goals in his life.  He wanted to get to Achaia. He had a vision and dreams for the future.  We all need goals and dreams that keep us moving forward. 
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
“A Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, an eloquent man who was powerful in the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus.  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught the things about Jesus accurately, although he knew only about John’s baptism.  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue.  After Priscilla and Aquilla heard him, they took him home and explained the way of God to him more accurately.  When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers wrote to the disciples urging them to welcome him.  After he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace. For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating through the Scripture that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 18:24-28)
 
Have a great Wednesday!
 
Bruce
 
Vision 20/20 Bible Reading Plan: Romans 7
 
 
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