The Disciples Flawed role models!
Simon Peter Occupation:  Fisherman Characteristics:  Spoke without thinking, impulsive Major Events:  One core group of 3 ...
James (son of Zebedee) Occupation:  Fisherman Characteristics:  had a bit of a temper, selfishness Major Events:  One of c...
John (son of Zebedee) Occupation:  Fisherman Characteristics:  the one who Jesus loved Major Events:  third of core group,...
Andrew (Peter’s brother) Occupation:  Fisherman, (evangelist!) Characteristics:  eager to bring others to Jesus Major Even...
Philip Occupation:  Fisherman Characteristics:  Questioning attitude Major Events:  told Nathanael about Jesus, wondered h...
Bartholomew (Nathanael) Occupation:  unknown  Characteristics:  Honesty and straight forwardness Major Events:  Initially ...
Matthew (Levi) Occupation:  Tax collector Characteristics:  keen observer and record keeper Major Events:  abandoned corru...
Thomas (the twin) Occupation:  unknown Characteristics:  courage and doubt Major Events:  suggested disciples go with Jesu...
James (son of Alphaeus) Occupation:  unknown Characteristics:  Major Events:  one of Jesus disciples What Jesus said about...
Thaddaeus (Judas son of James) Occupation:  unknown Characteristics:  Major Events:  asked Jesus why he would reveal Himse...
Simon the Zealot Occupation:  unknown Characteristics:  fierce patriotism, eagerness Major Events:  became a disciple What...
Judas Iscariot Occupation:  unknown Characteristics:  dishonest Major Events:  betrayed Jesus, killed himself What Jesus s...
Me Occupation: ?  Major Events: ? What Jesus says about me: ? A key lesson from my life: ?
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The disciples as role models

  1. 1. The Disciples Flawed role models!
  2. 2. Simon Peter Occupation: Fisherman Characteristics: Spoke without thinking, impulsive Major Events: One core group of 3 disciples, recognised Jesus as the Messiah, denied Christ and repented, preached the Pentecost sermon What Jesus said about him: named him Peter ‘the rock’ Called him ‘Satan’ when he urged Jesus to reject the cross He would deny Jesus He would be crucified for his faith A key lesson from his life: We can all make mistakes at times but when we return to Jesus he forgives us and strengthens our faith Bible verses: Matt 4:18-20 (calling), Mark 8:29-33 (messiah), Luke 22:31-34 (Jesus predicts denial), Acts 2:14-41 (Pentecost)
  3. 3. James (son of Zebedee) Occupation: Fisherman Characteristics: had a bit of a temper, selfishness Major Events: One of core group, asked for key places in God’s kingdom with John, wanted to call fire down to destroy a Samaritan village, first disciple to be martyred What Jesus said about him: Called James and John sons of thunder A key lesson from his life: Christians must be willing to die for Jesus (make a stand) Bible verses: Mark 3:17 (thunderbolts), Luke 9:52-56 (Samaritan village), Acts 12:1-2 (beheaded)
  4. 4. John (son of Zebedee) Occupation: Fisherman Characteristics: the one who Jesus loved Major Events: third of core group, also asked for key places in God’s kingdom and wanted to call fire down to destroy a Samaritan village, wrote Gospel and 1,2,3 John and revelations What Jesus said about him: Called James and John sons of thunder, said he would fish for people, would drink the cup Jesus drank, would take care of Jesus’ mother A key lesson from his life: The transforming power of the love of Christ is available to all Bible verses: Mark 1:19 (calling), Mark 10:35-40 (place of honour)
  5. 5. Andrew (Peter’s brother) Occupation: Fisherman, (evangelist!) Characteristics: eager to bring others to Jesus Major Events: accepted John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus, told Peter about Jesus, he and Philip told Jesus the Greeks wanted to see him What Jesus said about him: Said he would fish for people A key lesson from his life: we are to tell other people about Jesus Bible verses: Matt 4:18-20 (calling), John 1:35-42 (John B testimony, brings Peter to J)
  6. 6. Philip Occupation: Fisherman Characteristics: Questioning attitude Major Events: told Nathanael about Jesus, wondered how Jesus would feed 5000, asked Jesus to show his followers God the Father What Jesus said about him: Asked if Philip realised that to know and see Him was to know and see the Father A key lesson from his life: God doesn’t mind us asking questions and uses them to teach us Bible verses: John 1:43-46 (calling), John 6:2-7 (questioning), John 14:8-11 (show us the Father)
  7. 7. Bartholomew (Nathanael) Occupation: unknown Characteristics: Honesty and straight forwardness Major Events: Initially rejected Jesus as he was from Nazareth but acknowledged Him as ‘son of God’ and ‘King of Israel’ when they met What Jesus said about him: Called him a ‘true son of Israel’ and ‘an honest man’ A key lesson from his life: Jesus respects honesty in people – even if they challenge Him because of it Bible verses: John 1:45-51 (calling), John 21:1-13 (part of crew whom Jesus appeared to after resurrection)
  8. 8. Matthew (Levi) Occupation: Tax collector Characteristics: keen observer and record keeper Major Events: abandoned corrupt and financially profitable way of life to follow Jesus, invited Jesus to party with notorious friends, wrote Gospel of Matthew What Jesus said about him: called him to be a disciple A key lesson from his life: Christianity is not for people who think they’re good already, it is for those who know they’ve failed and want help. Each one of us is a work in progress Bible verses: Matt 9:9-13, Mark 2:15-17 and Luke 5:27-32 (calling),
  9. 9. Thomas (the twin) Occupation: unknown Characteristics: courage and doubt Major Events: suggested disciples go with Jesus to Bethany even if it meant death, asked Jesus about where he was going, refused to believe Jesus was risen until he could see Him alive and touch His wounds What Jesus said about him: said he believed because he actually saw Jesus after the resurrection A key lesson from his life: Even when we have serious doubts Jesus will reach out to us and restore our faith Bible verses: John 14:5 (where are we going) John 20:24-29 (seeing Jesus alive again)
  10. 10. James (son of Alphaeus) Occupation: unknown Characteristics: Major Events: one of Jesus disciples What Jesus said about him: unknown A key lesson from his life: unknown (we can still be followers of Jesus even if there is little know about us, we have a purpose, we don’t have to be at the forefront) Bible verses: Matt 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15 (named)
  11. 11. Thaddaeus (Judas son of James) Occupation: unknown Characteristics: Major Events: asked Jesus why he would reveal Himself to His followers and not the world. What Jesus said about him: unknown A key lesson from his life: Christians follow Jesus because they believe in Him, they do not always understand the details of God’s plan. Bible verses: Matt 10:3, Mark 3:18, John 14:22 (the question)
  12. 12. Simon the Zealot Occupation: unknown Characteristics: fierce patriotism, eagerness Major Events: became a disciple What Jesus said about him: unknown A key lesson from his life: If we are willing to give up our plans for the future we can participate in Jesus’ plans Bible verses: Matt 10:3, Mark 3:18 (named)
  13. 13. Judas Iscariot Occupation: unknown Characteristics: dishonest Major Events: betrayed Jesus, killed himself What Jesus said about him: called him a devil, said Judas would betray Him A key lesson from his life: it is not enough to be familiar with Jesus’ teachings we need to love and obey Him as well. Bible verses: Matt 26:20-25 (Judas identified as betrayer), Luke 22:47,48 (the kiss), John 12:4-8 (money driven)
  14. 14. Me Occupation: ? Major Events: ? What Jesus says about me: ? A key lesson from my life: ?

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