Twelve Ordinary Men Chapter 1


Twelve Ordinary Men
“The Master Who Called Them”
John MacArthur


Wednesday, started the 12 Ordinary Men Bible Study at First Met; The Place Where You Belong!   Book Summary: “Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you.”

When Jesus chose the Twelve to be His official representatives- preacher of the gospel who would carry both His message and His authority-He didn’t choose a single rabbi…scribe…Pharisee…Sadducee…Priest.  Not one of the men He chose came from the religious establishment.  The choosing of the twelve apostles was a judgment against institutionalized Judaism.   MacArthur Page 7. twelveordinarymenphoto

Question 1
The Twelve were personally selected by Christ.  What observations about Jesus occur to you based on the way He chose His apostles?       Scriptures:  John 1:47, John 6:70 & John 13:21-27


Question 2
Matthew 17:1-9 is one of the passages MacArthur refers to in explaining the contrast between the ordinariness of the apostles and the e extraordinary opportunities they were given.  How does this passage illustrate the degree to which Jesus revealed Himself to His apostles?


Question 3.  MacArthur gives us 4 phases to explain the different calling passages in the Gospel (Luke 5:3-11, Luke 6:12-16, John 1:35-51).  What are the 4 Phases of Calling?
They are:

  1. Calling to Conversion. Disciples are called first to Salvation.
  2. Calling to Ministry. Jesus instructs the Disciples to Follow Him
  3. Calling to Apostleship. An intense internship in which the disciples are Prepared to be Sent.
  4. Calling to Martyrdom. Each Gave their Life for the sake of the Gospel.

Question 4.
What is MacArthurs’ explanation of the meaning of “Continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12)?  (Page 15)

Concluding Thought:

Shaliah is the Aramaic word for Apostle used during Jesus time.
The Shaliah was the official representative of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council.  “He spoke for them, and when he spoke, he spoke with their authority.  He was owed the same respect and deference as the council itself.  But he never delivered his own message; his task was to deliver the message of the group he represented.


One thought on “Twelve Ordinary Men Chapter 1

  1. Many things stuck out in the lesson, but none like the concluding thought. The fuller understanding of the Shaliah helps us understand the role of the Apostles fuller. They were those selected to Master the Craft and the Message of the Original Messenger! They were released with the Same Authority as the One they represent. They had authority to make decisions on behalf of the Represented one in that they were Authorized to used the Training from their Craft and Teachings to apply what was proper, and their decision stood. In a past conversation with one of our Muslim brothers, one of his major issues with the Christian faith was that much of the teachings and policies extend from the Apostles.

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