Acts, Chapter 18
i. Whoever is putting it together will find it’s incomplete.
ii. They will probably be looking all over for those 2 pieces.
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.
i. If I stopped drinking
ii. If I stopped doing drugs
iii. If I stopped smoking
iv. If I stayed away from sex until marriage
v. If I stopped lying
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
13. All of us are sinners. And no matter how hard we try to please God we can’t, the Bible says;
10 And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws. James 2:10
14. And the Bible also says that the penalty for sin is death.
a. But Jesus, the messiah, came to Earth to die on a cross in our place. And we accept this payment to receive eternal life.
b. The story doesn’t stop at repentance. We need to repent—yes, but turning for our sin is only part of it—we must accept Christ as our payment.
c. Aquila and Priscilla taught him this, and we need to believe the same as well.
d. All of us need to come to accept Christ as our Savior and then follow Him as our Lord.
e. Apollos learned the complete Gospel, not the one that focuses on works. Not the one that says to do this, or do that.
15. It is the Gospel of Christ that says;
a. All of us are sinners. All of us are condemned to die because of our sin. But Jesus, through his death, paid the penalty for us. And we can accept this payment and have eternal life.
b. Tonight, you can make this same decision.
c. The decision to accept Christ and his payment.
d. It is important that we repent of our sin.
e. But we must accept the payment of Christ, because none of us can do anything to earn our salvation.
16. Let’s pray.