July 15th – Guardians of the Galaxy (Disciples)
This is quite a crew…came together in an odd way, learned to stay together in an odd way, and never expected to be a group that would make such an impact…kinda like…
Matthew 10:2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
We also find the names of the 12 apostles in Mark 3:14-19, and Luke 6:13-16:
These men became the pioneering leaders of the New Testament church, but they were not without faults and shortcomings. Interestingly, not one of the chosen 12 disciples was a scholar or rabbi. They had no extraordinary skills. No religious leadership experience, not refined, they were ordinary people…just like the Guardians…
DISCIPLE WRAP SHEET VIDEO style look at the 12…Guardians Galaxy Style
Where were they from?
Their “pedigree” was stacked against them…Eleven of the 12 were apostles were Galileans (just like Jesus). Judas was the only Judean.
John 7:40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee?
Where is Galilee….in Nazareth…some of the disciples themselves knew they reputation of where they were from.
John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
People can be judged by where they are from…especially then, but still today…Growing up in Hendersonville..you knew “where you belonged.”
THE POINT: Jesus didn’t care.
Jesus was not about the way “things should have been”…He was not a rabbi who taught in the synagogue. He taught by the seashore and from the mountaintop.
Think of the places you “won’t go”…that might have been prime recruiting territory.
How educated would these guys have been?
Of the twelve:
• Four were fishermen
• One was a tax collector
• One a zealot
• Not know what the others were
The literacy rate is thought to have been less than 15%. Our idea of “educated” and their idea are radically different.
But we do know not one of the 12 was a “professional” religionist
Beth Safare – Basic education for all Jewish boys Up to 10 Years old
Beth Talmood – Most aspiring Students – Up to 15 Years Old
Beth Midrash – Most élite Students – As to be the disciple of a Rabi – The rabbi’s teachings were call his Yoke. The disciple did not just want to know his teachings but become like his Rabbi. AND the Rabbi would initiate this relationship by saying “come follow me”. To be the disciple of a Rabbi meant you were the elite of Israel.
SO the disciples were apprenticing at jobs, which means the did not make the cut, they were not the best of the best, the elite, But when Jesus, a Rabbi says to them come follow me, they drop their nets and follow!
Jesus said, Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It wasn’t that “these guys were stupid” it was that they weren’t the people that were “supposed to be leading” in terms of religion. They weren’t the religious leaders, they didn’t have that pedigree. And I think Jesus liked it that way.
Acts 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
It’s not John and I that will transform Hendersonville. It’s you. We went to Fuller and Vandy so you can go in the world and live well, live fully, love your marriage, your work, your family, know your purpose and value and spill all that out into the world every where you go. We need professional trained clergy, just like we need other educated professionals, but when we hear….”I don’t pray as well as you” or any sentiment that we have some access to God that you do not…that is not true. We’ve studied this stuff, but sometimes I think that means we won’t be the ones Jesus “calls” like he will you.
STORY TIME WITH JOHN….
On the job training
Luke 9:49-50 ‘Master,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’
Luke 9:43-45 While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, ‘Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered over to human hands.’ But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
John 12:16 (Triumphal Entry) At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
Matthew 16:5-9 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. ‘Be careful,’ Jesus said to them. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’ They discussed this among themselves and said, ‘It is because we didn’t bring any bread.’ Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, ‘You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand?
Matthew 19:13-14 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’
Peter Good Day / Bad Day
Matthew 16:13-18 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it… (3 verses later)
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
From zero to leading the church in 3 years.
We have stories all over the place where they missed the point, they say the wrong things, they ask for the wrong things, they argue with each other, Jesus asks them to do something and they argue with him. We see time and time again they are clueless.
No education, and then they are sent “boots on the ground”…
We have an “academic approach” to almost everything…I go to school, then a start doing the job. Some people are perpetual students that do very little with what they learn. This happens a ton in church…people show up to learn, they show up to hear, but little to no practical application, as opposed to the disciples…jumped right into life application, making mistakes
Our experience has been that those that grow the fastest are the ones that jump in…stumble along but get in the game.
Did they get along?
Among the 12 apostles, Jesus selected a publican and a zealot. During the 1st Century these two factions were bitter rivals.
Look at some scenes where Jesus had to handle a dispute…
Luke 9:46-48 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For whoever is least among you all is the greatest.’
Matthew 20:21-28 She said, ‘Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You don’t know what you are asking,’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?’ ‘We can,’ they answered. When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
The Rest of the story…
Luke 22:21-24 (Last Supper) Jesus said, the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!’ They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.
Paul Opposes Peter
Galatians 2:12-14 For before certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
Paul was of the Elite and knew the disfunction of legalism, The disciples did not have that experience and so did not react and see what paul so clearly saw.
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Not everyone is going to have the same convictions or passions, etc.
Working together is the only way we are going to get somewhere politically, church universal, our families, your office…
A bigger purpose makes it possible to work together.
Video CLIP – THEY NEEDED TO WORK TOGETHER: Closing Battle in movie 1…have to work together
Resurrection and Persecution empowered the church they had to work together for the bigger purpose.
Ordinary People can do Extraordinary things When we work together but you have to GET IN THE GAME!
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