There is an example of this in Acts 18 that illustrates this principle. Aquila and Priscilla had joined Paul and became very useful to him. On one occasion, they heard Apollos speaking and discerned that he needed to be discipled so his preaching would become more effective. Aquila and Priscilla “took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (18:26). This type of concern for others in the church requires several attitudes on both sides.
· Aquila and Priscilla were willing to serve someone else and make them more effective in God’s work.
· Though Apollos was “competent in the Scriptures” (18:24), he needed and was willing to receive instruction from Spirit filled disciple-makers.
· We are not told how long the mentoring lasted, but Apollos was ready to take the time learning “the way of God more accurately”.
What is the result of this time away from ministry? “When he arrived [in Achaia], he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus” (18:27b–28).
Often, we meet resistance when offering to help persons return to the Scriptures. But there are some who see the need of assistance and open their hearts, so God the Spirit does a mighty work in them in preparation for what He will do through them. Whichever end of this spectrum you may be, I want to encourage you to be an Aquila, Priscilla or an Apollos. God is looking for teachable persons who can be equipped to teach those who are faithful in teaching others who are faithful… (2 Timothy 2:2).