“He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”Acts 18:25-26
I think if Paul lived today he would be considered a frequent flyer with all the miles he travels on his missionary journeys. This week we see him go from Athens to Corinth to Ephesus to Caesarea then a stop at Jerusalem before going to Antioch. That is a lot of miles by foot.
Along his journey we meet a believer named Apollos who is from Egypt. He was an enthusiastic follower of Jesus having come to know Him by John the Baptist. Apollos taught others accurately about Jesus because he could not not share the Good News. Aquila & Priscilla, a husband and wife who were taught by Paul, sat down with Apollos to teach him the full Gospel of Jesus. This was not to say that Apollos was wrong but rather Apollos only knew part of the story. Now he knew more fully the story of the Gospel as he can shared it with others.
We learn in Acts 18 the importance of learning from more mature followers of Jesus. While Apollos knew the Gospel he did not know the full Gospel. Priscilla & Aquila sat with Apollos to tell him about Jesus’ life and ministry. By sitting down together Priscilla and Aquila shared with Apollos how to live one’s faith in daily life. They taught him Jesus’ lessons on loving one another, on serving one another humbly.
In our faith journeys we learn from one another about faith & being resolved disciples of Jesus Christ. We need “Priscilla & Aquila”s in our own lives so we can learn from mature followers. They teach us from their experiences so we can benefit. They help us discern what God is teaching us. We learn by watching them how to serve with our whole lives, how to share the hope we have in Jesus.
So who is a Priscilla & Aquila in your faith journey?
Who are you learning from to gain a fuller understanding of the Gospel?
Who could you learn from that is already in your life? Is there someone in your small group or faith community who’s faith you admire and would want to be like in your faith journey? If so, ask if you could have coffee or a virtual call with to talk.
If you do not see someone right now write down in your journal the type of faith you would like to grow into with the Holy Spirit. Pray fervently for God to lead you to a person you can learn from as Apollos learned from Priscilla and Aquila.
As you take these steps ask God to open up your heart so that you can humbly receive the teaching. God created us to be in community with one another. Our differences are opportunities to draw us closer together. They give us different perspectives in God to grow in our faiths.
May we have the fervor of Apollos to share the Gospel joyfully with all as we learn humbly from Priscilla & Aquila to grow in our faiths.
This Week’s Challenge
Set up a time to meet with another follower of Jesus who’s faith you admire. As you meet bring 2-3 questions with you to ask about faith, life and ministry. Learn humbly from him/her to see what God is teaching you.