Summary: This a simply expository study of Acts 1:12-26. The (5 points) Apostles Styles, Supplication, Spokesman, Situation, Selection.
The Apostles Acts 1:12-26
1. The Apostles Styles (v.13)
This is an adapted idea from Herb Hodges book Tally Ho the Fox. Let’s look at the list of the Disciples here in Acts compared to the other three lists in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Simon (called Peter) Simon (named Peter) Simon (named Peter) Peter
Andrew James Andrew John
James John James James
John Andrew John Andrew
Philip Philip Philip Philip
Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew Thomas
Thomas Matthew Matthew Bartholomew
Matthew Thomas Thomas Matthew
James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus
Thaddaeus Thaddaeus Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot
Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot Judas son of James Judas son of James
Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot -
Take note of the first fifth and ninth lines. Does it strike you as odd that these lines are the only three that contain consistent characters all the way across the different gospel writers lists?
Is this an indication that the master teacher style was a creation of Jesus?
I believe that it does indicate that Jesus had an organization of three small groups within His group of disciples.
a. Precipitate Men (Webster says precipitate means to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely or suddenly)
i. Peter was the Leader (cutting off the ear, stepping out onto the water, throwing off his clothes and swimming to Jesus…)
ii. James (Sons of Thunder)
iii. John (Sons of Thunder)
b. Philosophical Men
i. Philip was the leader
ii. Thomas (doubting Thomas)
iii. Levi Matthew (writer of the most Philosophical gospel)
c. Political Men
i. James, son of Alphaeus was the leader
iii. Simon the Zealot (Nelson’s illustrated Bible Dictionary tells us that the nickname Zealot referred to his association with a fanatical Jewish sect that militantly opposed the Roman domination of Palestine during the first century AD.)
iv. Judas Iscariot (The Zealots that followed Simon’s time eventually disintegrated into a group of assassins known as Sicarii a Latin word meaning dagger men. The nickname Iscariot following Judas’ name may get its name from that word, sicarii. A sicarii was a small dagger. Certain revolutionaries who pledged to kill any Roman official whom they could get their hands on carried this dagger.)
What could we learn from the different styles of the Apostles?
What does the different styles Jesus selected as His followers tell us about Jesus?
What thoughts go through your mind as we consider the possibility that Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax collector meet on the street prior to their following Jesus?
Which of these styles is more like your personality?
2. The Apostles Supplication (v.14)
a. Consistent prayer (with one mind)
The prayers of these men were consistent one with another. This was a group of men praying toward the same goal. The church must be a group of Christians organized and praying with a consistent theme. To pray with a consistent theme we need to have consistent goals, mission, vision, and purpose.