June 28 - Clarify the Message


By Don Bailey

Today's Scripture: Acts 18:23-28

Central Thought: We need to be able to accurately proclaim the Gospel.

    'The more you understand, the more you can tell others.” This principle flies against the idea of some that the most effective Christians are the most ignorant ones. They falsely conclude that simply being fervent in preaching is the most important thing. However, as we study today's reading, we will see that we must do something more.

    Apollos could be described as a fiery preacher of the first century. In fact, he was very good at proclaiming the Scriptures he knew, yet he only knew about John's baptism. Priscilla and Aquilla heard Apollos, saw his potential, and spent time explaining the 'way of God more adequately.” Because of this training, Apollos was able to help the believers in Acaia, and he was a gifted debater for the Word of God.

    We need to apply the lesson of Apollos' life to our own. God wants us to take the time and effort to be thoroughly trained in the Word of God. In fact, God appointed teachers for the Church to accomplish that task. As we study the Word of God, we will have more to proclaim to those who have not yet become Christians.

Devotional Prayer: Thank You for reminding me of the importance of studying the Word.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-14:29; Acts 18:23-19:12; Psalm 146:1-10; Proverbs 18:2-3