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Friday, March 7, 2014

"Explaining the way of God"


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. 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. Acts 18:24-26 ESV
I’ve always liked the message of this passage. Priscilla and Aquila handle the situation with tact. They realized their brother wasn’t quite accurate in his teaching. He was zealous for God and his word, but needed some guidance in what he was teaching. They did not ridicule him in front of others. They didn’t call him on the carpet to put him to shame for not teaching accurately. They took him aside to help him see the truth more accurately. 
We can learn a lot from Priscilla and Aquila. They dealt with their brother in love. They wanted him to see the truth, yet didn’t want to destroy his faith in the process. When we hear someone teaching something we know to be inaccurate we need to approach them in this way. If we do we will win our brother over as they did. 
Imagine if we all dealt with each other like they did. We would all learn and grow. The word would be taught accurately. Most importantly we would be living as we ought to and God would be glorified by our words and our actions. 
Let’s all learn to approach each other in love. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 ESV 

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