Summary: Jesus hand selected a small group of men to be sent out. These men were not chosen based on merit, experience or skill.

Chosen to Go

Mark 3:13-19

Mark 3:13 (HCSB)

Then He went up the mountain and summoned those He wanted, and they came to Him.

By Invitation Only

* Jesus summoned those He wanted

* Not based on ability

* Not based on favor

* Not based on merit

* Greater intimacy

* The crowd was not invited

* A call of closer contact

* Obedience

* They heeded His call and responded

Mark 3:14 - 15(HCSB)

He also appointed 12 – He also named them apostles – to be with Him, to send them out to preach, and to have authority to drive out demons.

Hand Picked

* Divine Appointment

* 12 selected for special service

* Apostles

* “One who is sent”

* Special Calling

* Close personal contact

* To be sent out as representatives

* Declaring the message of Christ

* Under His authority

* Driving out demons

* With His power

Mark 3:16-19 (HCSB)

He appointed the Twelve: To Simon, He gave the name Peter, and to James the son of Zebedee, and to his brother John, He gave the name “Boanerges” (that is, “Sons of Thunder”); Andrew; Philip and Batholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Some Surprising Picks

* Diversified backgrounds

* Fishermen

* Tax collector

* Jewish nationalist

* Not a religious scholar in the bunch

* Not a team player

* Judas Iscariot

* The betrayer

* A necessary role

A New Name

* Simon, James and John

* Given new names

* More than a name change

* Reflective of God’s work in their life

* Reflective of their role in God’s kingdom

* You also have a new name

* Redeemed

* Beloved

* Child of God

* Co-heir with Jesus

You’ve been hand-picked and set apart

Will you go???

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