Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 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. Acts 18:24-25
Apollos was faithful, he taught the truth he knew. He had a thorough understanding of the Old Testament Scriptures so that’s what he shared. Apollos was also teachable. He was open to learning from Priscilla and Aquila (verse 26). They taught him more about Jesus—his ministry, death and resurrection. God always has more truth to teach us if we will receive it. Third, Apollos was available. He found the time to spend with Priscilla and Aquila and shared his newfound knowledge with those in Achaia.
Apollos is what we would call a FAT Christian—someone who is Faithful, Available and Teachable. God was able to use Apollos because of these traits and we find, “He (Apollos) vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah” (verse 28). Apollos was able to show how Jesus was the fulfilment of Old Testament prophesies.
Apollos was held in high esteem in Corinth. He is described as being “a great help” (verse 27). Some even mistakenly started saying, “I follow Apollos.” Paul corrected them by explaining, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:3-9). Apollos did a great job of “watering,” that is, teaching new believers. He didn’t seek publicity but rather he shared what he knew about Christ.
Apollos is a good example of how God can powerfully use someone who is faithful, available and teachable.