From Isa Masih - summer 1996 - More like Apollos [p8]
This situation was by no means unique. I have met equally committed and informed Islamic students all over the UK; and my prayer is that the Lord of the Harvest will raise up similarly committed Christians to meet the challenge they are posing. By contrast, however, often what we see in CUs is self-absorption and apathy, a blindness to one of the greatest mission opportunties of all time waiting on our doorstep.
Apollos was a key leader in the early church, who worked closely with the apostle Paul (1 Cor 16:12). Luke gives us insight into some of the qualities which made him so effective (Acts 18:24-28). First we see that he had a ‘thorough knowledge of the Scriptures’. This familiarity with the Bible is gained only by earnest and rigorous study, but it is the best defence (and attack) against Islamic doctrine. Second, he spoke with ‘fervour in the Spirit’; he knew God’s power and was enthusiastic to spread God’s Word and to engage others. Apollos was no ‘evan-jellyfish’ floating downstream with the current. Next, he was teachable. When Priscilla and Aquila took him aside to sort out some of his doctrine, he listened... and changed. Finally, he was not afraid to ‘vigorously refute’ the opposition. Rather he, like Paul, was determined to ‘demolish arguments and... take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Cor 10:5). Please Lord, in this generation, raise up more like Apollos.