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Summary: Which is better Preparing or Participation?

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Acts 18:24-28

The Apollos Question

Preparation Or Participation

Which is better Preparing or Participation?

- With water Balloons it is Preparing and not Participating

- With life it‘s defiantly participation not preparing

- Ex. - Education preparation is a drag

- But participation in what you have learned

- Ex. - First Job - Silverwoods Dairy - In the wind tunnel freezing Ice Ceam

- Sampling from machine

- Ex. - Wedding - Going to one or being in one

Apollos

- Born At Alexandria

- Alx. in Egypt

- 2nd city in the Gk. world

- Seat of learning ---- Library of 1000’s

- Place where Heb. OT translated into Gk.

- Apollos comes form the Gk., god Apollo

- Son of the Father of god’s --- (Zeus)

- Manly Beauty -- Music & Song

- Helper & Averter of evil

- Protector of flocs & herds

- Gk. mind at it’s best

- Named after an Idol > He a Jew

Acts 18:25-26 (KJV)

This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught *diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

26 And he began to speak *boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto [them], and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Instructed ----->

Fervent -------> BUT-----> Knowing only the Baptism of Jn.

Diligent -------> (Hold this thought)

Bold --------->

We examine our own Christianity

Acts 18:24-25 (KJV)

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and •mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

* eloquent - Learned

1) learned, a man of letters, skilled in literature and the arts,

esp. versed in history and the antiquities

2) skilled in speech

3) rational, wise

- Our foundation - Evangelical

• mighty in the scriptures - know our Bible

- Win at Bible Trivia

* instructed in the way of the Lord - Baptized

- Lord’s Supper - Church Attainder

- Tither

* fervent in the spirit - Sincere

- Earnest

- Faithful in religious duties

* spake and taught diligently - S.S. Teacher

- Youth Leader or - Men/Women Leader

- Elder Deacon

- Pastor of the church

- member in good standing

BUT v. 25

knowing only the baptism of John

- His O.T.

Isaiah 40:1-4 (KJV)

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Mark 1:2-4 (KJV)

2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


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