Early on his recorded ministry, Jesus gathered disciples in order to train them to gather others. Part of the unique and rare part of Jesus and his disciples was that they gathered those largely left out, left behind, oppressed and sick. They still had conversations with soldiers, tax collectors, Pharisees and Sadducees, but the overwhelming number of their audience in the gospels was the masses. People would follow Jesus and disciples everywhere to listen to this good news - the good news that the poor are just as important as the rich, that the sick are just as important as the healthy, that the unnoticed are just as important as the powerful. This was a kingdom and nation everyone wanted to be part of, and this was a leader many people were willing to follow. Yet, Jesus knew that he could not train everyone at once to preach and teach this new kind of "upside" kingdom of God. So he found 12 men to follow him - and none of them were from the synagogue or priestly circles.
Jesus' crew of disciples included fishermen, a zealot, and a tax collector. As far as we know they stopped working in order to follow this new rabbi - Jesus. They were in the new vocation of gathering people into a new lifestyle and kingdom that revolved around God and a reformation of their Jewish culture and religion. As we remember stories of Jesus and the disciples, who do you consider to be your primary mentors and teachers of faith? Maybe parents, pastors, teachers, friends or authors? Who do you consider to be the other disciples we learn alongside in faith? Is it our congregation, small group, family or neighborhood? Do you have a group of people right now that you really feel like you belong to and are growing with?
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.