“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)
- Learned man
- A great help – effective
proving – epideiknymi – to exhibit, to show, to point out, to demonstrate, prove*
“a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures” (Acts 18:27–28 NIV11)
- Did what they needed him to do
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it” (1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV11)
- Content to be a waterer rather than a planter
How can we be a great help?
- Find out what your hearers need
- Put all your effort into meeting that need
- Be content to play a part
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