Yesterday we looked at the example of Priscilla and Aquila who took Apollos “aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:26). What was the result of their instinctive passion to disciple others, even a well taught Christian? Was this really necessary and would it make any difference in the ministry of this devoted man?
“And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, 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” (Acts 18:27–28).
We are not sure why Apollos needed to be encouraged to cross over into Achaia, but it was evident to others that he had gained a greater understanding of the Scriptures through Priscilla and Aquila. He became intentional about taking what he learned and used it to “greatly help those who… believed.” This was in the environment of false teaching, which is no different today.
We desperately need this type of discipling today. Bible Colleges and Seminaries may have their place, but many do not have this degree of one-on-one mentoring in the ministry. To “powerfully refute” false teaching, persons must have a solid understanding and belief in the authority of Scripture. In the same letter that Paul tells Timothy to take what he had learned from Paul and “entrust [it] to faithful me who will be able to teach others also,” he also said “all Scripture is breathed out by God;” it has authority over life and ministry (2 Timothy 2:2; 3:16).
If you would be powerful in ministry, you must be willing to be discipled and accept the absolute authority of Scripture.
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