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Summary: This is the fill in the blank for the Bible study from 12 Ordinary Men. See also notes from the Bible Study found in the series of sermons here.

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Note: This is a study from the book 12 Ordinary Men by John McArthur an excellent book. This is the fill in the blank outline from Adult Bible Fellowships of First Baptist Church Orion. This is not original but worth posting for study.

Twelve Ordinary Men

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

- John 13:23

Here is inserted a chart of the listing of the apostles found in: Matthew 10:2-4,Mark 3:16-19 Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated (ἀγράμματος grammatos ag-ram-mat-os) and untrained (διώτης idiōtēs id-ee-o’-tace) men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. :27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.

I. Some general observations about John:

a. One of the most _____________ disciples to us because he wrote such a large portion of the

New Testament. What five books did he write? ____________, ____________, ____________,

____________, _____________

b. He was the younger brother of James and shared his ________________. His ________ and

______________ mirrored that of his elder brother.

c. In light of this it is remarkable that John is often called the “apostle of _______.” But love was a quality

he ___________ from Christ, not something that came naturally to him.

II. He learned the _____________ of love and truth.

a. John’s love of __________ is evident in all his writings. He uses the Greek word for truth twenty-five

times in his Gospel and twenty more times in his epistles.

b. But when he was younger, his zeal for truth was lacking in ___________ and compassion for people.

The incident in Mark 9 where John forbade a man to cast out demons in Jesus name is a good

illustration of this (note the context).

c. The truly godly person must ______________ both virtues in equal proportions (Eph. 4:13). As a

mature apostle, John learned the lesson well. His second epistle offers vivid proof of this.

III. He learned the balance of ___________ and ___________.

a. It’s not inherently wrong to aspire to have influence or to desire _________________. But it is wrong to

have ____________ motives, as John apparently did. And it is especially wrong to be ambitious without

also being ______________.

b. In Mark 10:35-37 (one chapter after the incident where John rebuked the man casting out demons)

we find Mark’s description of how James and John asked for ______________ of greatness in the


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