Thanks to my friend Rob Payne for these observations about awesome Apollos.

    “When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.”

(Acts 18:27–28 NIV11)
  1. Learned man
  2. Self-motivated
  3. Passionate
  4. Humble
  5. Effective in public
  6. Not afraid to go his own way


  • A centre of shipping and trade, culture and scholarship
  • 10,000-1,000,000 Jews 
  • Library of 700,000 volumes
  • LXX translated here
  • Own synagogue in Jerusalem, Act 6.9

Learned” = logios 

  • One who has learned a great deal of the intellectual heritage of a culture; eloquent
  1. Make it your aim to be ‘learned’: more than you already are
  2. Find the right sources: institutions, books etc.
  3. Keep at it: “When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” (Acts 18:26 NIV11)

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