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Day 88 How to Lead by THE BOOK: How to Correct & Coach Effectively!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last week I was in Ephesus, Turkey where Paul spent three years of ministry. The ruins of Ephesus are incredible! When viewing them I could only imagine how magnificent the first century city was in its heyday. The 19th chapter of Acts tells a lot of what went on in Ephesus. Read it and you’ll discover that it was a hot spot: demons, riots, intense preaching and more!

Apollos is described in the Book of Acts as an “eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures.” This talented evangelist came to Ephesus and began preaching. Unfortunately, while his speaking style was dynamic, his knowledge of Jesus was limited. Christians named in Acts as Aquila and Priscilla heard him preaching in the synagogue and noticed his deficit of right knowledge. What they did next was a simple, but highly effective method for correcting and coaching someone who has strayed. It’s a strategy for feedback that I’ll discuss at greater length in, How to Lead by THE BOOK. Here’s what the Bible says about this encounter:

When Aquila and Priscilla heard him (Apollos) they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. Acts 18:26.

Aquila and Priscilla did not rebuke Apollos publicly. They didn’t embarrass him, show him up, or try to elevate their own standing in the synagogue by proving their own superior intellect. Rather, they corrected and coached Apollos in private. They subordinated their own impulses and egos to the more important task of edifying and making more valuable a powerful worker in their cause. We are all wise to do the same.