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Focus Verses: Acts 18:27-28
When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and
wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a
great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
was from Alexandria, Egypt, the second most important city in the
Roman Empire, a center of academic excellence, and home to a large
Jewish population. He was very educated (v.24), a passionate speaker
(v.25), and a skillful debater (v.28). He would have certainly been
conversant in Western thought, Hebrew Scriptures, and dominant
world-views of his day. His education and ability to communicate
effectively and persuasively made him a "great help" to believers.
Response and Action:
who are well-educated, critical thinkers, strong communicators,
knowledgeable of scripture, and instructed in the way of the Lord Jesus,
can be a great help to other believers. I am very thankful for the
wonderful help I have received from intelligent and articulate
people—teachers, authors, pastors, artists, philosophers, theologians,
historians, and scientists.
I want to grow in my
understanding of the world, the scriptures, religion, philosophy,
history, and theology. I will make learning a priority in my life and
make sure I keep reading, listening, thinking, and searching.
God, you know all things. All truth and understanding belong to you.
Reverence for you is the beginning of wisdom. Help me to love you with
all my mind. Strengthen my faith through learning, and give me wisdom
and insight that I might be a great help and encouragement to others.
Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman
who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of
Discipleship of the Mind: Learning to Love God in the Ways We Think
by James W. Sire