We are introduced to Apollos, a brilliant and articulate man with a fervor for God. After additional instruction from Aquilla and Priscilla he goes on to provide great teaching and ministry in Corinth. So great that there is division in Corinth over which preacher they follow which Paul attempts to correct in a letter to them
3. a. The region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples
b. (Personal) My family, my BSF group of kids (and indirectly their parents), my co-workers and employees
4. a. a learned man, thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, instructed in the way of the Lord, spoke with great fervor, he taught accurately and spoke boldly
b. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. If he knew only the baptism of John then he new the messiah had come, the son of God himself, to save the world, but he may not have had complete understanding of the resurrection.
c. They encouraged and helped pave the way for him to go into Christian ministry and missionary work. They were from Corinth and sent letters ahead to the disciples there.
d. People in Corinth began following and idolizing the preacher instead of the message being preached. They began forming factions of Paul followers vs Apollos followers. Paul makes 2 points: we are both only men/servants; we are a team (I planted seed, he watered it, God made it grow). Apollos wanted to stay away to not cause disharmony.
What was Apollos most admirable trait? This wasn’t a BSF question, but one I thought was interesting. He had great intellect, poise and presence. He had great command of the scriptures. He was articulate and passionate. All of those are great characteristics. But to me was the fact that he set all that aside to receive additional instruction from Aquilla and Priscilla. Keep in mind these were not university professors or temple scholars – they were tent makers. But Apollos recognized the truth in their message and saw the spirit move in their instruction.
I think his most admirable trait was a characteristic that he apparently didn’t have: arrogance. So often higher learning and strong persuasive skills lead men to believe the more or better than others. Apollos apparantly, as Paul put it to the Corinthians, was first and foremost a servant.