Summary: Sending Out The Twelve (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Messengers (vs 1-4)
(2). The Assignment (vs 5-6)
(3). The Directives (vs 7-15)
Hold up a can of Coke.
• 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.
• 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:
• ‘THINK GLOBALLY, BUT ACT LOCALLY.’
• 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!
(1). THE MESSENGERS (VS 1-4).
• 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,
• A disciple is ‘one who learns’.
• But now they are given another name ‘apostle’.
• The word apostle means "one who is sent."
• It seems like this event for the twelve was a kind of graduation,
• When they stepped up from being students to teachers.
• From those who merely watched, to those who would now practice.
Question: Who were the twelve disciples?
Answer: Found in verses 2-4:
“These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
The names of the 12 disciples are listed 4 times in the gospels:
• Matthew chapter 10 verses 2-4;
• Mark chapter 3 verses 16-19;
• Luke chapter 6 verses 14-16;
• Acts chapter 1 verses 13;
Three things to note from the list:
• (1st). In every list Simon Peter is always listed first;
• And was clearly the natural leader among the disciples.
• (2nd). Judas Iscariot is always listed last;
• No prizes for guessing why.
• (3rd). Concerning three of the disciples:
• James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeaus, and Simon the Zealot;
• All we know about them except their names!
• I find that encouraging;
• That these nobodies to us are and were somebodies to Jesus!
• Their calling to be a disciple, one of the twelve was deliberate;
• And as important to Jesus as the other disciples.
• Jesus called them and they responded!
• We don’t know their particular personalities or ministries;