Sometimes we don’t know how to develop people. I’ve got a list of five things to do, after I give some background.
Aquila and Priscilla were refugees. They left Rome when the emperor made Jews leave. They ended up in Corinth, about 700 miles away, making tents. It was a portable trade, in more ways that one.
Paul came to Corinth from Athens, about 50 miles. He also knew how to make tents. He camped with them and starting teaching.
For at least eighteen months they were together. Then the three traveled to Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla stayed there. Paul went on to Antioch, the place he started his travels.
A man named Apollos came to Ephesus and started preaching about Jesus. Priscilla and Aquila heard him. And there our list begins.
1. They felt a sense of responsibility to talk to him.They were part of the community of faith and they knew that he didn’t know all a leader should know.
2. They felt a sense of competence. After eighteen months working alongside Paul, first in Corinth, then in Ephesus, they did have experience. Rather than wait for Paul, they took care of it.
3. They recognized his potential. Apollos had been trained well in speaking. People found his style compelling. And Priscilla and Aquila didn’t want to stop him, they wanted to coach him.
3. They called him aside. They could have attacked him publicly, arguing, denouncing. Instead, they took him home.
4. They taught him. Apparently, they didn’t tell him how stupid he was. They explained what he didn’t yet knew. They filled in the gaps. They helped him understand.
5. When he was ready, they sent him to Corinth. It was a place where they knew people, where they could connect him to a community of faith, which they did with letters of recommendation.