ACTS 18:1-15 18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.
22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 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. 26 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. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
As Paul continues strengthening the churches that he has planted, Apollos, a Jewish Christian from Alexandria, enters the scene. After Aquilla and Priscilla help him understand the things of God more fully, Apollos leaves Ephesus and heads to Corinth. Upon arriving, Apollos greatly helped those who through grace had believed, namely by preaching Jesus and refuting false teachers. We learn in this passage at least two things about saving faith: 1) All those who have truly believed have believed through grace, 2) Those who have believed through grace need help.
In addition, we learn in other Scriptures that it is not only a work of God’s grace that we initially believe (Ephesians 2:8-9), but it is due to His ongoing grace that we keep believing (Jeremiah 32:40). All of this is due to Jesus, who died to overcome all our sin, bringing us into “the New Covenant in his blood” (Luke 22:20).
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 18:18-28 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
2. What do you think it means when Luke writes, that it was “through grace” they had believed? What other Scriptures would support your answer?
3. What would it mean for your personally if you grasped that the very faith you exercise in Jesus is a gift?
4. How did Apollos “greatly help” those in Corinth? How can we “greatly help” one another as the church?
5. What link does Jesus’ death on the cross have with our unbelief being overcome and us being given the gift of faith?
6. Pray for one another to sense deeply the love of Jesus and just how much he achieved for us on the cross.
Pray for God to give the gift of faith to those who do not yet trust Jesus.
Pray for God to guide each of individually to greatly help the church body according to our gifts and talents.
Pray for one another as prayer requests are shared.
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