Summary: Jesus chooses 12 disciples. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). A strategy (vs 13-14)
(2). A calling (vs 14-15)
(3). A listing (vs 16-19)
• Someone came up with these humorous observations or insights about life.
• (1). A balanced diet is a chocolate biscuit in each hand.
• (2). Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they sure make great ancestors.
• (3). Middle age is when broadness of the mind & narrowness of the waist change places.
• (4). Some-one who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
• (5). Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.
• (6). Money isn't everything....there's credit cards, money orders, and travellers checks.
• (7). You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
• (8). Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
• (9). Nostalgia isn't what it used to be!
• (10). When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
• (11). The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
• (12). If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
• Twelve men were about to get three years of real insights;
• They were about to embark on a journey that would not only change their lives;
• But would change the world.
• Christianity is ranked the largest religion in the world today.
• According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life,
• In 2010 there were 2.18 billion Christians around the world,
• Nearly a third of the global population claim to follow Jesus Christ.
This new series of Bible studies on discipleship:
• Is a good reminder that Jesus wants more than people to own his name;
• And call themselves Christians.
• He wants to own their lives and call them disciples!
• In fact the term "disciples" occurs 269 times in the New Testament,
• While the term "Christian" only occurs three times.
• We are told that in the Bible book called Acts (chapter 11 verse 26):
• That "The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch”,
• The word “Christian” means “one in whom Christ dwells.”
• Here believers stopped calling themselves “Jews,” “Greeks” and “Gentiles.”
• They took the name of Christ. They were Christ-indwelt ones.
• And we have kind of made these terms ‘Christian’ & ‘Disciple’ interchangeable.
• And we forget that Salvation (becoming a Christian) occurs in a moment,
• But discipleship takes a lifetime.
• Note: every disciple is a Christian, but not every Christian is necessarily a disciple!
• A disciple is someone who is committed to,
• And who tries to follow, put into practice the teachings and lifestyle of their master.
Quote: Jonathan Dodson”
“A disciple is rational (learner), relational (family), and missional (missionary)”
(1). A strategy (vs 13-14):
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles”
• As you read the gospels you soon notice that there is a strategy in what happens;
• Jesus did not just wonder from place to place;
• He had targets, goals, aims – we would say a strategy!
• Jesus had a plan for his ministry:
• i.e. He worked to a timescale; we often read those words:
• “My time has not yet come” (John chapter 7 verse 6)
• i.e. Another example of that plan in action is seen in verse 13;
• Where Jesus would choose for himself twelve disciples.
• You realise that Jesus had far more than 12 disciples;
• But here Jesus specifically chose 12 disciples to be his core followers.
• In these verses a new phase of Jesus’ ministry is under way:
• It will begin with the calling of the 12 disciples,
• And it ends with them being sent out on their mission (Mark chapter 6 verse 13)
Notice: in verse 13: Jesus makes a strategic withdrawal:
• Verse 13: “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray,”
• Jesus got alone with God the Father to implement this next important stage of their plan.
• Doug Whitt and his bride, Sylvia, were escorted to their hotel’s bridal suite;
• They arrived in the early hours of the morning.
• In the suite they saw a sofa, chairs, and table, but where was the bed?
• Then they discovered the sofa was also a bed,