“Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed to the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” (Acts 18:24–26)
The Apollos episode tells us a great deal about Christian teaching in the early church. His previous instruction “in the way of the Lord reflected the universal practice during the New Testament period of schooling every convert in the teachings of Jesus.
The spontaneous lesson in the home of Priscilla and Aquila showed that the teaching function was not restricted to “official” teachers in the church. He taught with enthusiasm and fervor, convinced of the truth. Apollos learned an important lesson. Even the skilled teacher may be corrected and taught by people with less training and skill.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, here we see where Paul the prized teacher of the Old Testament, needed to be taught the spontaneity of the New Testament. All those of “The Way” needed effective teaching about Jesus and the understanding of His message to all new converts. One didn’t just convert, they then had to submit to teaching on the Old Testament Scripture as the New Testament was literally in process of being written, so as it was being written, it then had to be taught for understanding. Precious Abba, we see this day, to continue our understanding of all Holy Scripture, that we collectively and individually learn the depth of the teaching and the context that is comes from. In honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Worry is a waste of the imagination.”
“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are3 full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)
Christians should be able to teach one another. This practice requires that we be authentic persons whose lives are marked by genuine goodness.
It also requires that we have enough understanding of our faith to teach it intelligently. The preparation of Christian teachers should focus on who they are, just on on techniques of instruction.
“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts5:42)
Among Jews, the early Christian message centered on Jesus as Messiah. Jesus as the promised Messiah or Christ of Israel is the central content of New Testament proclamation. To preach Christ is to call for repentance and to offer forgiveness in His name. Proclamation is a daily task to be done wherever a believer is.
The teaching activity of Christian is not limited to particular times or places. Rather, it is an unceasing activity which takes place in homes, in the market place, and in congregational gatherings. It was a time of excitement and expectation. What has happened to our excitement, beloved. Jesus is going to return, they just thought it would be sooner. We know much more than the people did 2,000 years ago, where is our excitement?
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians3:15-16)
In “Christ, the church seeks to bring wholeness and peaceful acceptance of others. Disputes and fights should never characterize the body of the Prince of Peace. Ideally, in a congregation of Christians, every person is a teacher, and every person is a learner. Each of us has something to share out of our personal experiences with God.
Conversely, each of us has something to learn from brothers and sisters in Christ. This will happen only where the word of Christ dwells within the hearts of the people. As we sing hymns of worship and praise with grateful hearts, we teach one another.