Acts 18:24–28 (ESV)
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, 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 aside 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.
This is a hard to understand text. Apollos was eloquent and competent in the Scriptures. He apparently taught with authority and was a believer. He most likely was a disciple of John the Baptist and may have missed
out on the death and resurrection, or perhaps he missed out on Pentecost. Whatever... he has an excellent grasp on Jesus teachings, but he doesn’t have the full picture, especially regarding baptism. Priscilla and Aquila do not confront him
in front of people or challenge his limited knowledge, but the call him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. Then they sent him on to Achaia with a good report. There are times when people are talking around me and they throw
up some bad theology. It may not be beneficial to stop and correct them at that moment, but to take them aside and explain a doctrine to them in private. We have a lifetime to work out bad theology. A lifetime is different for each of us.
It is easy to tear down a brother, but it is better to encourage, teach, and lead him into the Gospel truths.
I pray: O Lord, help me to encourage, teach, and lead my congregation instead of criticizing
and tearing them down. I know I should do this, but am afraid that I fall short sometimes. Encourage me Lord, teach me and lead me so that I may better encourage, teach and lead my flock. Amen.