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Summary: Sending Out The Twelve (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). The Messengers (vs 1-4)

(2). The Assignment (vs 5-6)

(3). The Directives (vs 7-15)



Hold up a can of Coke.

The inventor:

• Coca-Cola is one product that has far outgrown its humble beginnings.

• It was invented by Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist in his back yard.

• It was sold as a brain tonic.

• You purchased it not in a bottle or a can but in a three-legged brass kettle.

• The very first Coca-Cola went on sale at Jacobs Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. USA.

The visionary:

• While Robert Woodruff was the president of Coke from 1923 to 1955,

• He had a conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to taste Coke.

• After little more than 100 years, surveys show that:

• 97% of the world has heard of Coca-Cola.

• 72% of the world has seen a can of Coca-Cola.

• 51% of the world has tasted Coca-Cola.

• All due to the fact that the company made a commitment years ago;

• That everyone on the planet would have a taste of their soft drink

• The motto of Coca-Cola, posted in the company's headquarters, said:


• TRANSITION: The sad reality is that Robert Woodruff and the Coca-Cola company;

• Have been more committed to giving every person in the world a drink of Coke;

• Than the Church has been to giving each person in the world a drink of the water of life!

• This passage this morning;

• Should challenge and encourage us all once again;

• About our responsibility to go and share the good news of Jesus Christ!


• Verse 1a:

• “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him”

• Please notice that these are specific instructions to specific people;

• These instructions were given to the twelve disciples/apostles only.

• We know from other references in the gospels that Jesus had many followers.

• i.e. In Luke chapter 10 Jesus sends out 72 disciples on an evangelistic mission.

• i.e. We know to that Jesus also had female disciples (Luke chapter 8 verses 1-3)

But the 12 disciples were different because they were hand-picked by Jesus!

• Many others would choose to follow Jesus;

• But with these 12 Jesus went and found them.

• Interestingly, not one of the chosen 12 disciples was a scholar or rabbi.

• They had no extraordinary skills.

• Neither religious, nor refined, they were ordinary people, just like you and me.

• But Jesus chose them for a purpose;

• Through these 12 men the gospel would spread across the face of the earth;

• And continue spread and develop throughout the centuries to follow.

• So Jesus selected and used a bunch of ordinary men;

• To carry out his exceptional plan


• In verse 2 Matthew describes these disciples by another name.

• He now calls them ‘apostles’ - “These are the names of the twelve apostles”

• Before their sending out the twelve had been mere disciples,

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