Acts, 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.
Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus
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,t 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 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. (ESV)
Although the early church had its fair share of issues, here we see a church that was full of encouragers. The Apostle Paul went through Galatia & Phrygia strengthening the believers in that area. Priscilla & Aquila discipled Apollos and helped him fan his speaking ability into a fire that impacted many with the Gospel. Apollos preached and wanted to travel to Achaia and strengthen the believers there. The brothers in Ephesus encouraged him to go to Achaia. The Gospel spread and people were touched by the preaching and strengthening of Paul & Apollos.
Too many times our churches are filled with politics, gossip and argument. Someone once said that the best argument for the truth of Christianity is the lives of Christians. And this individual said the best argument for the fallacy of Christianity is Christians. Where do we fall in that statement? Are we sharing the love of Christ with our fellow believers? Are we encouragers or do we drag our brothers and sisters down? Do we talk against them? Are we a disruptive presence in the Body of Christ. Let’s pattern our lives in the church after this passage from the book of Acts and strengthen, cheer on and encourage our fellow believers in Christ.
Father God thank you for our brothers & sisters in Christ. Help us to be a unifying, strengthening encouraging presence in our churches. Help us to think the best of one another and encourage one another till the day we see You! I pray these things in Jesus Name, Amen.