I wonder if anyone was like me in school? The teacher would ask a question, I would know the answer, but I didn’t want to raise my hand out of fear of being thought of as a know-it-all. I wasn’t a know-it-all by any means, but we all remember middle school and high school days, and how kids could be. I think a lot of the time, we never outgrow that fear of being ridiculed. One area that I think this happens a lot is with Christians and talking about their faith. Many are scared into silence, not because of ridicule, but by their own minds. They are afraid to share the Gospel or share biblical truth, because they are afraid that someone will ask them a question that they don’t know the answer to. Therefore, they remain silent. For what it is worth, I get the fear of being ridiculed or being asked a question that I can’t adequately answer. However, God has shown me over the years, that when someone asks a question that I can’t readily answer, that is Him showing them grace by giving me a second opportunity to go talk with them. All I have to do is be honest and say that I’m not sure, but I will find out. Then, actually go and find out. This gives a great opportunity to talk with them a second time. So, as we begin this day’s post I want to encourage you to not be afraid. We can learn from the example of Apollos in Acts 18. Acts 18:25-26 says, “This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”
Apollos was a Jew from Alexandria Acts 18 tells us. Being Jewish, he would have been very familiar with what we call the Old Testament, though it would have been the Bible of their day. It is clear that the Holy Spirit was using Apollos to teach people about Jesus. Apollos didn’t know everything, but what he did know, he shared with others. This is part of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. What God gives us isn’t just for us, it is meant to be shared with others. Another lesson that we can see from this is Apollos’ teachable spirit. He could have become defensive when Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and wanted to teach him more. However, he readily soaks up what they are teaching him. Maybe you are wondering who taught Aquila and Priscilla. The answer to that is the apostle Paul. Therefore, we see disciple-making occurring here the way that God intended for it to. Paul invested in Aquila and Priscilla, and in turn they invested in Apollos. Apollos embodied the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” The result of Apollos’ willingness to learn is that he learned even more about Jesus from the Old Testament, and this allowed him to reason with the Jews even better. But what does this have to do with you and I?
I would say the biggest take-away this morning is this, don’t be afraid to share what you know. As long as you are depending on the Holy Spirit to teach you, and to speak through you, God will be glorified when you testify about Him to others. Don’t get caught up in what you don’t know. Instead, share what you do know. Second, be humble and hungry. We all need to be humble enough to admit that we don’t know everything there is to know about the Bible. This should drive our hunger to learn more through personal study, but also willingly sitting up under faithful, biblical teaching. Finally, be bold in sharing. I love where it says that Apollos spoke boldly in the synagogue. Our society will not always like what we have to say, but we still need to say it. Paul said in Ephesians 4:15, “speak the truth in love.” Yes, we need to be loving and compassionate towards those who are far from God. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t speak the truth. As Jesus said in John 8, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” This world needs to be free from the bondage of slavery to sin, and only Jesus can set them free. Therefore, this world needs Jesus. We, as the church have been called, commanded, and commissioned to share that message. Therefore, let’s take what we know, and share it with the world, and then trust God will do what only God can do.
By His grace and for His glory,