Being An Encourager
(Series on encouraging – Part 6)
Now a certain Jew named Apollos, . . .
This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord.
Apollos – Minister Of God
Apollos was another walking example of biblical encouragement. He was a Jewish convert from Alexandria, Egypt. Apollos, was one of those who was saved through the faithful preaching of John the Baptist, who also baptised him (Acts 18:25). Whilst in Corinth, he meets husband and wife team Aquila and Priscilla, who take Apollos under their care (Acts 18:26).
The New Testament introduces him as an elegant man, who was well-versed in the Scriptures. He was a very articulate and effective early Christian preacher, missionary, and debater. Apollos was a contemporary and colleague of Paul the Apostle, he played an important role in the early development of the churches of Ephesus and Corinth.
On his travels, he greatly helped the believers by vigorously refuting the Jews in public debates, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 18:28)..
Have you ever been in a situation where you are in a room full of people who are all questioning the Bible and its authenticity? Where they are hurling difficult questions at you in hopes to trip you up, as the Scribes and Pharisees would often do to the Lord Jesus? If you did not have Apollo’s with you, you would have to rely on the word of God. Take time each day to read the Bible in order to be prepared for questions.
My God and Father, help me each day make time for reading and studying Your Word, in order to be encouraged myself, so that I can encourage other believers, and am ready for the questions of those who do not know You. In the Saviour's name, I ask. Amen