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.