Beyond the Weekend

September 21 | Uncommon Gifting

September 21, 2021


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 18:25

Read: Acts 18:24-25
Acts 18


A Jew named Apollos comes from Alexandria to Ephesus while Paul is away and begins teaching in the synagogue. Alexandria was the second-largest city in the Roman world and known for being a place of learning. It is no surprise that Apollos is educated, speaks with great fervor and teaches about Jesus accurately. In short, he has an uncommon gifting in knowledge, passion and teaching.

Apollos is still missing something despite these gifts. He sounds like a faithful Jesus-follower but Priscilla and Aquilla notice he has some blind spots in his Jesus-message and take the time to work with him graciously. Even better— he is willing to listen.

Some of us have unique and uncommon gifting of some kind too. It could be in academics, business or some interpersonal skill like encouragement or compassion. But God has given ALL OF US gifts. Throughout the Bible, we see God uses all different types of people in all types of ways. Our part is to find ways to use the gifts God has given us to bring him honor and help people around us.


On page 18 of your Jesus & The City journal, write out your God-given giftings. Then, look for ways to step in and serve by going to If you are not sure about your gifts, one of the best ways to learn is just by trying something out.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is 1 Thessalonians 5.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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