Twelve Ordinary Men
“The Master Who Called Them”
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.” Amazon.com
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.
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
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?
- Calling to Conversion. Disciples are called first to Salvation.
- Calling to Ministry. Jesus instructs the Disciples to Follow Him
- Calling to Apostleship. An intense internship in which the disciples are Prepared to be Sent.
- Calling to Martyrdom. Each Gave their Life for the sake of the Gospel.
What is MacArthurs’ explanation of the meaning of “Continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12)? (Page 15)
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.