Joshua Bray brings a great message bringing a new and unique perspective on Jesus’ disciples, and shows us that no matter what despite our failures that we all have a place with Jesus.
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
Small Group Questions
1) Are you intentionally surrounding yourself with people who work to make each other better?
2) Do you let your deficiencies hold you back from serving with everything you’ve got?
If so, what can you do to change your perspective?
If not, how can you support someone else who struggles with it?
3) What mission did Jesus give his disciples (Hint: read Mark 3:14)? Does this differ from our mission? How can you go beyond where you’re at in the mission?
And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach
You Can Give
We put our treasure, that’s where our heart will follow (Matthew 6:21). When we invest our money into the Kingdom of God, our heart will follow. If our treasure is not being stored in God’s Kingdom, our hearts may miss it all together (Matthew 6:19-20). Because of this, where we spend our money is a direct reflection of our heart and its attitude towards God and His Kingdom