This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Acts 18:12-28 Our Gifts from God
are a gift from God!
serious. Each and every one of us is a gift from God. In addition, God has
given each of us different gifts. He wants us to use these gifts to do his work
in our world. With these gifts we can do mighty things.
believers seek to be mighty in worldly things, but few want to be mighty in the
Scriptures. Apollos was an exception. He was mighty in the Scriptures. We learn
about Apollos in a portion of the reading we heard from the Book of the Acts of
was a gifted speaker with a thorough knowledge of the Old Testament and the
baptism of John. He had heard about Jesus and the arrival of the Holy Spirit
from Jews returning from Pentecost, but he did not have the complete story. He
did not know that Christian baptism differs from the baptism of John. Christian
baptism symbolizes the believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial
resurrection, new life and unity in the kingdom of God. Apollos was well
qualified, but he lacked one important qualification. He did not have the experience
of the grace and power of the indwelling Lord. This weakness prompted Priscilla
and Aquila to use their gifts to teach him privately and give him a more
accurate picture of God.
Apollos used the knowledge he already had, God sent him additional knowledge.
He was also fervent in spirit, meaning he was “boiling hot.” This is an amazing
combination of qualities to find in one person. It was no wonder that Apollos
made an impact in the early church. When he left Ephesus and sailed across to
Corinth, he received a letter of commendation and introduction to the church.
Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos, he graciously accepted what they taught.
He knew that although he was faithful, he had more to learn. He showed
spiritual maturity. Apollos humbly accepted the gentle correction and
understanding that Aquila and Priscilla offered. Ministers today need to come
to the same realization. I have come to the same realization. Every time I
prepare a message, I learn new things.
made disciples, Apollos defended the faith and Aquila and Priscilla deepened
the understanding of others. God has gifted all of his people differently so
that together they might work in unity for the sole purpose of the Gospel.
David: The Jeremiah Study Bible, New King
James Version (Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishing; 2013; pp. 1518-1519)
Charles R.: Swindoll’s Living Insights on
Acts (Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Inc., 2016, pp.