Acts + Letters Lesson 20 Day 2

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Acts 18:23-28

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 20

Paul’s third evangelist journey

3. Paul’s third journey

The end of Paul’s second journey

Paul sailed from Ephesus to Caesarea and greeted the assembly there.

From Caesarea he went to Antioch, his home base, and spent some time.

The third journey begins

He left Antioch and went “through in order the regions of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.” (v. 23 Youngs Literal Translation)

Paul had a passion for growing strong disciples, not just making converts.

He met Apollos in Ephesus.

4. A remarkable Jewish man named Apollos

Apollos was born in Alexandria, the Mediterranean port city in Egypt, the intellectual and cultural center of the ancient Mediterranean world for much of the Hellenistic age and late antiquity.[4}

—A gifted speaker

—Powerful and “mighty in the scriptures” (AMPC)

—”Instructed in the way of the Lord” (v. 25 YLT)

—”Fervent in the Spirit” (v. 25 YLT) “Literally this means, ‘to boil in the spirit’ with the idea of ‘bubbling over with enthusiasm.'” (Williams, via Enduring Word)

—”He taught diligently and accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he was acquainted only with the baptism of John.” (v. 25 AMPC)

—Spoke “boldly in the synagogue” (v. 26 YLT)

“Apollos was a well-educated and also a well-traveled man. We can imagine that in his youth he had gone to Jerusalem, especially if he had an interest in the Old Testament, and while there had come under the influence of the preaching of John the Baptist.” (Boice)

Other thoughts about Apollo

Some think Apollo traveled to Jerusalem and learned there. Others believe “the reputation and work of John the Baptist was widely known throughout the Jews of the Roman Empire, reaching as far as Alexandria.” (Enduring Word) Perhaps both.

He didn’t wait for someone to send him out. It seems the Spirit of God compelled him to go to Ephesus which proved to be a divine appointment to further his education and create an alliance with the Apostle Paul.

Apollo was teachable and faithful to what he learned. He knew the scriptures, and he fervently believed that Jesus is the Messiah. “When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (v. 26b)

5. Community

God brought together Priscilla, Aquila, Apollo, Paul, Timothy, Silas and others. They worked, learned, taught, encouraged, loved and supported each other as part of a shared mission.


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