26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and
explained the Way of God to him more accurately.
allows the learner to develop a broader perspective on life and its
issues, to uncover truth, to develop the skills to communicate
knowledge effectively, and to “give back” through teaching others.
The passage in
Acts provides an interesting perspective on education and teaching.
As we learn from the passage, Apollos was a learned man with
significant and accurate understanding of the scripture. He used
his knowledge to effectively communicate and to teach others about
Jesus. Apollos is an exemplar for how we should use our education
and our skills to teach others about Christ. Interestingly,
Apollos’ education and experience was insufficient. It appears,
according to the passage, that he only knew certain aspects of
Jesus. Both Priscilla and Aquila invited him and explained to
Apollos “the way of God more adequately” (v.26; NIV). As such,
Apollos further learned through teaching from other Christians.
Ultimately, this further sharpened Apollos’ ministry.
As we consider how
this passage applies to our own lives, we should be reminded of the
importance of using our education and experiences to teach others
about Christ. Importantly, we must also recognize the limitations
of our own knowledge and experience and be humble enough to be
taught by others. To his credit, while Apollo's undoubtedly already
had an exceptional background and effective ministry, he was humble
and open to being taught by Priscilla and Aquila. Ultimately, a
teaching ministry developed and was refined over time through
fellowship with others in Christ.
us to use the gifts you have given us to teach others about Christ. Let
us do so with fervor, humility and a willingness to learn from others
so we may be more effective in our ministry.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
eyes and ears open to the opportunities to teach and to be taught in
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