Summary: When we think we know it all, there’s always something that God can teach us.
SERIES: “LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH”
TEXT: ACTS 18:24-19:7
TITLE: “KNOWING THE WAY MORE ADEQUATELY”
INTRODUCTION: A. When you visit a place you’ve never been before, you tend to follow the directions
very closely. The more you travel to that place, the more complete understanding you
have and the less you use the directions.
1. The same thing is true in living the Christian life
--When you first start out, you’re afraid of making a misstep so you step very
2. The longer you walk the road with Jesus, the more confident you become
3. However, there’s a danger in thinking you’ve got it all figured out when you really
--You can walk with pride and arrogance instead of courage and confidence
B. There are two kinds of knowledge talked about in the New Testament
1. The first kind of knowledge is represented by the Greek word ”to
a. This word denotes factual knowledge
b. I know that Benjamin Franklin was born in 1703 and died in 1790. I know that
he was a statesman, an inventor, a businessman, and one of the founders of this
nation but I didn’t know Ben Franklin personally.
--I have factual knowledge but not personal knowledge
2. The second kind of knowledge is represented by the Greek word - “to
a. This word denotes experiential knowledge – knowledge by experience (been
there, done that, got the T-shirt, sent home the postcards kind of knowledge)
b. I know by facts that my wife was born in Tomah, Wisconsin on Feb. 14th.
(I won’t tell you the year because I want to live a little longer). I know she lived
in Wisconsin, Texas, Maine, Missouri, and Kentucky. Her dad retired from the
Army at Ft. Knox and she graduated from North Hardin High School in
1). But I also know a lot more about my wife than that because I know her
personally and intimately: I know what makes her happy. I know what
makes her sad. I know what gets her upset. I know the love, care, and
support that she’s given me throughout our years together.
2). I know my wife’s way of doing things a lot more intimately than I know
Ben Franklin’s way of doing things.
C. Acts 18:24-19:7 – Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to
Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had
been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught
about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak
boldly in the synagogue.
When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to
him the way of God more adequately. 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. For he vigorously refuted the
Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. While
Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.
There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit
when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a
Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,”
they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the
people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they
were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were
about twelve men in all.
1. Two distinct events
2. Something was missing
a. Both Apollos and the twelve men in Ephesus were lacking an important
b. They knew God and they knew the teaching of John the Baptist
--But they still needed the completion of their faith
3. Aquila and Priscilla and the apostle Paul didn’t rebuke or condemn these men
--They led them to know the way of God more adequately
D. One of the most common designations of Christianity in the Book of Acts is “the
1. Acts 9:2 –Says that Saul persecuted “…any who belonged to the Way”
2. Acts 19: 9 & 23
a. vs. 9 – “there were some who “publicly maligned the Way”
b. vs. 23 – “…there arose a great disturbance about the Way”
3. Acts 24: 14 & 22 – Paul stands before the Roman governor, Felix
a. “…I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way…”