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WHAT DID APOLLOS DO THAT WAS SO RIGHT?


William Andrew Dillard

The array of Biblical characters is as broad as life in any generation, this one notwithstanding. They are presented unshielded, fully depicting the depravity of man, and they are also presented in the marvelous glory of sinful men serving the Lord in righteousness through the grace of Christ Jesus. One such character that stands in the biblical spotlight is Apollos, introduced to us in Acts 18:24-19:7. Think with me about him.
One outstanding attribute of Apollos was his educational level. He was an Alexandrian Jew. This meant he was native to the thriving city of Alexandria on the northern African coast. The city was commensurate with Carthage and Rome. It was especially an educationally motivated city with the best libraries of the world, and renown teachers. Consequently, Apollos excelled in arts. He was a polished speaker commanding a large vocabulary and great skills in debate.
It is to the credit of Apollos that he had received Christ Jesus as his personal Savior, and answered the burden to preach the Word. However, his understanding of much of Christianity was incomplete. Consequently, he did not preach or practice correctly. Paul discovered the error of Apollos as he came upon a group presenting themselves as a New Testament church, but without the obvious blessing they should have had. The error of their baptism previously administered by Apollos was corrected, but neither the spiritual salvation of this group nor the baptism of John was questionable.
About that time, two of Paul’s faithful helpers, Aquila and Priscilla heard him preach. Noting his lack of information, they took him aside and expounded the way of the Lord more perfectly. Perhaps it was over a fried chicken dinner on Sunday afternoon.
How did that work out? The truth which Aquila and Priscilla shared fit perfectly with the incomplete information Apollos had. He received that truth, and he was thankful for the spiritual help afforded him. He went on to become a respected minister by Paul who recommended him, and used him to confound the Jews, and to edify the saints. His name is called a number of times in the Pauline epistles. His humility, dedication, and sharing the gospel as uniquely as only one with his background could do was so right. It is also right that all of us should follow that example.

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112– April 22 – This Day in Baptist History Past


James P. Boyce
Prayer and a Biblical Educator
James Petigru Boyce was a fine scholar and very popular in his ways. He received his college education when it was not unusual for students and faculty to meet for prayer every evening. The spiritual welfare of Boyce became of great concern to some of his fellow students, and he became the object of special prayer that his gifts and graces might all be consecrated to Christ.
Shortly after one of these times of special prayer and fasting, Boyce took a ship from New York to Charleston, South Carolina. During this long journey, it was observed that he spent a great deal of time in his stateroom. A friend discovered that he was reading his Bible, and after much discourse together, Boyce came under deep conviction. Upon reaching the city, he found that his sister was also concerned with her spiritual welfare and that a close friend had just made his profession of faith.
Dr. Richard Fuller was preaching in the city with great effect, and a spiritual awakening was under way. Boyce’s conviction of sin increased, and he felt himself a ruined sinner and looked to the merits of Jesus Christ alone for his salvation. On April 22, 1846, he was baptized on that profession of faith. Boyce graduated from Brown University in 1847 and studied theology at Princeton from 1848 to 1851.
Dr. Dale R. Hart from:  This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, p. 1623
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Unleavened Bread of Truth


 

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”  1 Corinthians 5:6. 

 

To make good bread, you must add yeast to make it rise. In biblical times it was not possible to go to the grocery store and buy a packet of yeast, so bakers always kept a portion of the uncooked, fermented dough from days before and worked it into the new dough to prepare the entire batch for baking. It was simple. The bacterial activity of the old dough worked itself throughout the new dough until the entire lump of dough rose and was ready to be baked.

 

Paul used this picture to illustrate the way sin works in a congregation. If the members of the church are not careful, they will allow values and habits from their lives before Christ (old, fermented dough) to infiltrate the family of believers who are now called by God to walk in a new life. God does not want us to carry over the bad habits of our lives of sin into the new community we build with new believers according to the righteousness of God. How do we protect the holiness of our churches? We must consistently ask God to cleanse us from sin and hold each other accountable to walk in the truth of God which produces the fruit of the Spirit. (Read Galatians 5:22-24.) If we do not keep evil in check, it will eventually fill the entire church, and we will not be able to represent God effectively, much less make disciples of all nations.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you ask a fellow church member to hold you accountable to godliness today?

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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