Oct 26-Nov 1-08 Ordinary People

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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Oct 26-Nov 1

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Oct 26-Nov 1-08 Ordinary People

  1. 1. Ordinary People <ul><li>Are you surprised by Jesus' choice of His leadership team? A close reading of Luke 9 suggests that the Twelve were not exactly prize recruits for a new spiritual movement. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Ordinary People <ul><li>They showed some frightening patterns and embarrassing traits that might cause a manager to wonder, &quot;Who hired these people? How in the world can they possibly get the job done?&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ordinary People <ul><li>Jesus recruited them, and He delegated real power and authority to them to get the job done not just token responsibilities, as often happens when leaders &quot;delegate&quot; tasks to subordinates. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:1 NET After Jesus called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ordinary People <ul><li>3 He said to them, &quot;Take nothing for your journey — no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave the area. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ordinary People <ul><li>5 Wherever they do not receive you, as you leave that town, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.&quot; 6 Then they departed and went throughout the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ordinary People <ul><li>When they reported back from their first assignment, He took them aside for a &quot;performance review&quot; at a private place near Bethsaida, a small fishing village on the north of Galilee and hometown to several team members. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:10 NET When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ordinary People <ul><li>From that point, the Twelve made seven identifiable mistakes that we might be tempted to assume would disqualify them from leadership: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ordinary People <ul><li>(1) They acted from a short-sighted vision. When their retreat was interrupted by a crowd eager to meet Jesus, all they could see was their limited resources in a desert place. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:12 NET Now the day began to draw to a close, so the twelve came and said to Jesus, &quot;Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and food, because we are in an isolated place.&quot; </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ordinary People <ul><li>13 But he said to them, &quot;You give them something to eat.&quot; They replied, &quot;We have no more than five loaves and two fish — unless we go and buy food for all these people.&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Ordinary People <ul><li>(2) Some of them fell asleep at a moment of great opportunity. When Jesus met with Moses and Elijah, two of the greatest leaders in Israel's history, Peter, James, and John were caught napping. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:28 NET Now about eight days after these sayings, Jesus took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Ordinary People <ul><li>29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 30 Then two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with him. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ordinary People <ul><li>31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure that he was about to carry out at Jerusalem. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Ordinary People <ul><li>32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, but as they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Ordinary People <ul><li>(3.) They tried to preserve the status quo. Peter wanted to hang on to a good experience and build monuments to it. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:33 NET Then as the men were starting to leave, Peter said to Jesus, &quot;Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah&quot; — </li></ul>
  20. 20. Ordinary People <ul><li>not knowing what he was saying. 34 As he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Ordinary People <ul><li>35 Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, &quot;This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!&quot; 36 After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Ordinary People <ul><li>So they kept silent and told no one at that time anything of what they had seen. </li></ul><ul><li>(4) They gave way to fear of the unknown. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Ordinary People <ul><li>Jesus healed an epileptic boy but then fear caused the Twelve not to ask questions when they were confused. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 9:43 NET Then they were all astonished at the mighty power of God. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Ordinary People <ul><li>But while the entire crowd was amazed at everything Jesus was doing, he said to his disciples, 44 &quot;Take these words to heart, for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.&quot; </li></ul>
  25. 25. Ordinary People <ul><li>45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning had been concealed from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet they were afraid to ask him about this statement. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Ordinary People <ul><li>(5) They competed to see who would be top dog. The disciples argued over greatness and privilege rather than concern themselves with serving others. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Ordinary People <ul><li>Contrast that with Jesus' treatment of seekers, especially &quot;children&quot; and &quot;the least.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 9:46 NET Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Ordinary People <ul><li>47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, he took a child, had him stand by his side, 48 and said to them, &quot;Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.&quot; </li></ul>
  29. 29. Ordinary People <ul><li>(6) They dallied in partisan politics. Encountering a rival teacher, the disciples tried to claim exclusive rights to God's activity. By contrast, Jesus included any and all who were sincerely interested in serving God in His name. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:49 NET John answered, &quot;Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he is not a disciple along with us.&quot; 50 But Jesus said to him, &quot;Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.&quot; </li></ul>
  31. 31. Ordinary People <ul><li>(7) They plotted a dirty tricks campaign. When their ethnic enemies proved inhospitable, the Twelve turned vicious. Jesus replied by issuing one of His strongest rebukes. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Ordinary People <ul><li>Luke 9:51 NET Now when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers on ahead of him. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Ordinary People <ul><li>As they went along, they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance for him, 53 but the villagers refused to welcome him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Ordinary People <ul><li>54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, &quot;Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them ?&quot; 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went on to another village. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Ordinary People <ul><li>Despite these shortcomings, Jesus not only kept the Twelve on His team. He kept them as His first team! He showed that undeveloped rookies can be developed into servant-leaders—over time. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Ordinary People <ul><li>Even though they were weak, competitive, self-centered, unrealistic about themselves, and insensitive to others, He kept working with them. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Ordinary People <ul><li>The Lord's hopes were rewarded, but only after His death and resurrection. Luke 9 is merely the beginning of the story. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Ordinary People <ul><li>The outcome can be found in Acts , where Luke goes on to show that God uses empowered laypeople like the Twelve—and like us today—to do His work. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Ordinary People <ul><li>Can we as laity do the work of God? Absolutely! But as we do, we need to take a serious look at ourselves and ask God to help us purge out those mistaken attitudes that we share with Jesus' early leaders. (Word In Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  40. 40. Ordinary People <ul><li>God uses ordinary people to do his work. Think about it, fishermen…shepherds…tent makers…carpenters…tax collectors…farmers…doctors… </li></ul><ul><li>the list goes on. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Ordinary People <ul><li>Let’s be careful how we think about this topic. One might say, “In ‘Bible times’ God used ordinary people to do His Work.” Notice on the previous slide how this thought is stated. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Ordinary People <ul><li>God uses ordinary people to do his work. Think about it, fishermen…shepherds…tent makers…carpenters…tax collectors…farmers…doctors… </li></ul><ul><li>the list goes on. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Ordinary People <ul><li>The difference is the tense of the verb use. Don’t limit God to only things He did through people in the past. He still does his work through people today. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Ordinary People <ul><li>Do we realize whether or not God uses us today is entirely up to us! That is the beauty of His Grace. We have the ability to say Yes I want to do Your will or No I won’t! </li></ul>
  45. 45. Ordinary People <ul><li>What’s your answer to Him? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes or No? </li></ul><ul><li>He might not use you to slay a giant like David did…but he might use you to slay another type of giant. Only He knows. </li></ul>

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