One of the amazing things about the Bible is the amount that we can learn from just a few words. Today’s reading is fairly short but we can find out so much about the people mentioned.
Aquila and Priscilla – refugees (v1) but still trusting God enough to follow Paul to Ephesus. Strong enough in their faith to share with a teacher new things. Kind enough to open their home to strangers.
Apollos – he had a good knowledge of Scripture. The zeal and ability to share it with others. A great help to others. However to me his most important characteristic was that he was OPEN TO NEW IDEAS!
How we need this in today’s church. The world we live in is changing fast. On the whole the Church is not. For example, one church which I belonged to had held Camp Meetings for over 100yrs. Once a year we would take all the Sunday School out into the village for everyone to see. In its heyday most of the village would join us. The last time we held it only one man came out of his house to complain that he couldn’t hear the football on TV! This despite his daughter being among us!
A wise man said recently, ‘Our message has not changed but the address that we must deliver it to has’. As a church we must deliver our message in a way that is understandable and relevant to today’s Post-Christian Britain. Is this by Cafe Church, Messy Church, in a different building, at a different time? I don’t know. What I do know is that as a church and individuals we need to earnestly seek God’s guidance on the way ahead. Like Apollos we need to be open to new ideas and fresh expressions. God said to Isaiah (43:18) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing”.
Jesus You are changing me, by Your Spirit You’re making me like You. Jesus, You’re transforming me, that Your loveliness may be seen in all I do. Help me to be willing to let You have You’re way.
by Bill Bartle
Barnard Castle & Teesdale Circuit