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Apollos - a Man on Fire for God (6 of 18)
Series: Getting Acquainted with People of the New Testament
1. A ZEALOUS STUDENT
a) A Great Student of the Scriptures
b) A Growing Student of the Scriptures
2. A ZEALOUS SERVANT
a) The Burden of His Heart
b) The Blessing of His Life
3. A ZEALOUS SPEAKER
a) How He Publicly Proclaimed Christ
b) How He Personally Presented Christ
I have often noticed that the older we get in the Lord, the colder we get. It seems that many start out full of zeal but over time loose that initial excitement. That it was one of the reasons I like new converts. They are so full of zeal. I have found that Churches that are not getting people saved tend to become stagnant. New converts bring life to a church because they are so excited about being saved.
The indictment of our Lord for the Church at Ephesus was: ''Neverthess I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love'' (Rev. 2:4). They had gotten over the burning heart that often accompanies one who is first saved. John MacArthur said of the Church of Ephesus, ''Though they maintained their doctrinal orthodoxy and continued to serve Christ, that service had degenerated into mechanical orthodoxy. Though at one time they had love, forty years later the affection of the first generation of believers had cooled.'' They were just going through the motions. They were doctrinally sound, but spiritually dead. They had lost the burning heart that goes along with a first love.
Jesus also condemned the Church at Laodicea by saying, ''I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth'' (Rev. 3:15-16). The Church that made Jesus sick was the one that was not on fire for God.
Charles Spurgeon said, ''A deep sense of gratitude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking to the hole of the pit ...
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