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The Twelve were men of varied background, gifts and character.
The varied backgrounds of the TwelvePeter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen: Mt 4:18,21
Mt 9:9 Matthew was a tax collector; Mt 10:4 Simon was a political activist.
The varied roles of the Twelve
Some took a prominent role in the group Gal 2:9
Some played minor but significant roles See also Jn 1:40-42 Andrew brought Peter to Jesus Christ; Jn 1:45-46 Philip brought Nathanael; Jn 12:20-22 Philip and Andrew brought the Greeks to Jesus Christ.
The varied temperaments of the Twelve
The Twelve had a common call to discipleship and witness
The fallibility of the Twelve
Mk 8:31-33 Peter misunderstood; Mk 16:14 Jesus Christ rebuked the Eleven for not believing reports of his resurrection; Lk 9:12-13 Jesus Christ tested their reaction to human need; Jn 14:8-9 Philip asked the way to the Father.
Jesus Christ gave the Twelve special teaching
Jesus Christ spent his last days and hours with the Twelve
The Twelve failed Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ’s concern that they would leave him Jn 6:67-70
All abandoned Jesus Christ Mt 26:56 the exception was “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, present at the crucifixion (Jn 19:25-27)
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