Acts 18: Heat and Light


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 18:26)


Today I want you to pause and consider this amazing verse. Picture the scene: Apollos (which you’ve got to admit, is a pretty cool name), is energetically and passionately preaching about Jesus!  He’s the guy in Great Yarmouth market place, hiring village halls for meetings and dropping into pubs and clubs to talk about Jesus with whoever will listen. He was that guy. He was modelling for us something wonderful and courageous that we need to rediscover in our day! However, he also needed something else and that was the careful and methodical discipling from Priscilla and Aquila. He had passion but was lacking in clarity. There was fervour but not so much depth. There was heat but not much light. He needed both. So do we!

So today I want you to picture an imaginary scene? Imagine you bump into Apollos, Priscilla and Aquila on Great Yarmouth seafront. They’re in a cafe and are pouring over the Bible exploring the idea of original sin. They look up, spot you and invite you to join with them. Whose help do you need most? Apollos’ heat and fervour to thrust you out of your comfort zone and into risky evangelistic moments? Or perhaps Priscilla and Aquila offering you the careful explanation of God’s ways so you can have a more accurate understanding of the gospel? Whose help do you need most? Maybe the answer is both.


Dear Father,

I want there to be heat and light, fervour and maturity to my walk with you. So, would you make me more Apollos-like and simultaneously more Priscilla and Aquila-like. Amen

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