“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” — A.W. Tozer
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” — 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
TEXT: Acts 18:24-28
What was this message that Apollos preached and also grew in? It was a gospel that was: (1. Jesus-Centered 2. Multifaceted 3. Better Message)
1. Jesus-Centered (v.24-25)
“Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.”
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” — Galatians 1:6-7
“If the Lord’s bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach.” — C.H. Spurgeon
2. Multifaceted (v. 26)
“He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”
“There’s no such thing as a well rounded person, only well rounded teams.” — anonymous
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” — Romans 6:3-4
3. Better Message (v. 27-28)
“And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.”
“The world has many religions; it has but one gospel.” — George Owen
- What gospel are you believing?
“Spiritual disciples aren’t to impress God, they are to be impressed by God.” — Enrique Melendez
- Do you see your need for a coach?
“…when we’re filled with the Spirit, the explanations that are given come in very, very, very different ways, but they always return us to Christ, to compassion, to gentleness, to straightforwardness, to holiness, to integrity, to love for people.” — D.A. Carson
- In what ways has God called you to share?
“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”
– 1 Corinthians 3:5-6