Summary: There is often a misconception of the first disciples. Many are lead to believe they didn’t have anything to loose by following Jesus. Quite the opposite is true. These were successful businessmen,likely well educated and of fairly prominent social posi

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If you ever have, or every thought of opening your own business, you know there must be a plan. And you probably discovered what most entrepreneurs know … starting a business requires some help… and almost always, its from their friends. (SLIDE)

How many remember when the Beatles sang “With a Little Help From My Friends” back in the 1960s? They probably didn’t realize it, but, they were expressing a concept that applies not only to social relationships but to business ventures, too.

Now I realize there are at least some of you here this morning that may remember the first part of that song… and it’s theme: “The song’s about getting stoned, as in ‘I get high with a little help from my friends.’”

That’s not the kind of help we’re talking about. (MOVE)

Rich Mintzer of Entrepreneur magazine says there are “four people every business owner needs.”

These are “four types of supporters who serve as emotional backers and/or advisers. According to Mintzer, the four types are:

• The Cheerleader: Cheerleaders are those who will rally behind an idea and provide encouragement, especially during the initial headaches of a business start-up… “Clearly, you need to have positive-thinking people around you at all times,” says business coach Marian Banker. “You’ll notice the word courage is in there, which is also something very important a cheerleader helps you develop.”

• The Role Model: This is the “follow me and do as I do” person. Watch this person, take mentoring from him or her, and you begin to see important principles at work. A role model could be a teacher or mentor. It could also be someone close to you, including family. Family members with a good work ethic or wise business insight can be worth their weight in gold in a growing business.

• The Expert: It’s always good to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you about certain areas. Experts provide the missing pieces for the new business owner who may be gifted in one part of the business but need help and advice in another. Experts fill in the gaps by asking questions that begin with, “Have you given any thought to …”

• The Techie: In today’s world, these are folks who are wizards with things: computers, communication systems, manufacturing, infrastructure and the like. Someone with the ability to provide efficient and timely technical support and advice can be a godsend in today’s business world. (MOVE)

While there may be other types of supporters needed in a start-up venture, the point is that it takes a team (SLIDE) to really be successful. (MOVE)

In this week’s gospel lesson, we see that Jesus is beginning a sort of entrepreneurial venture. But Jesus is not starting a “business,” and he’s not just some entrepreneur trying to make a buck. Jesus isn’t going to be your CEO to help you get rich. He’s doing something a bit more ambitious, like PROCLAIMING THE ARRIVAL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD (1:15).

In this scripture we see Jesus gather about Him… friends. He knew He need friends to accomplish His mission. And if Jesus — Son of the living God, God of God — believed this to be true, we’d better believe it, too. Jesus surrounded himself with a team… Yes, we can understand part of the idea of choosing 12 disciples was to provide a metaphor for a reconstructed and renewed 12 tribes of Israel.

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