Being different• Paul shaved his hair because of a vow (Acts 18:18)• Paul had spent 18 months in Corinth, a city with a reputation• Although he preached to gentiles he was still a Pharisee (Acts 23:6)
Being different• Many believe Luke is referring to a Nazirite vow (Numbers 6:1-21)• The Nazirite was separate to the Lord• Believers are called to be different. How different are we?
Being a people• Paul had wanted to go to Ephesus for two years (Acts 16:6-7)• When he finally arrives he finds a favourable reception (Acts 18:20)• Why did he leave to go to Jerusalem and Antioch?• His vow was fulfilled in Jerusalem• Antioch was his home church• He had been sent out from Antioch
Being a people• He had reported back after the first journey• Now he returns and spends some months there before setting out on another journey• It seems Paul valued his home church• “Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:14)
Serving one another• It is fifteen hundred miles from Antioch to Ephesus• Revisiting churches• Places where he had suffered• Strengthening all the disciples• Paul cared passionately for the churches (Philippians 4:1)
Teaching one another• Apollos was an educated man• He was ‘mighty in the scriptures’• He understood something about Jesus• Priscilla and Aquila invested time in Apollos• Apollos was humble enough to be taught• He set released into service
Growing up into him• Apollos was a great help to the church in Corinth• The order of his message gives us some clues about its content "that the Messiah is Jesus"• “What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas’”; still another, “I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:12)
Growing up into him• “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:5- 6)