Choosing Ordinary Over Extraordinary

Last week, we introduced our new series, Twelve Ordinary Men, in rather quick fashion.  Now, in our second week, we’re doing what most men do when it comes to taking a journey:  We’re going to circle back around along the same path all over again!

This week, our homework is to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 all over again.  Great news if you didn’t get that done last week….and even better news if you were worried you’d be falling behind right out of the gate.

As you read this week’s assignment, think about a few things:

  • First, Jesus chooses the twelve not because they were famous, smart, powerful or even wealthy.  Why do you think this was the case?
  • Next, read 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and write down the qualities that Paul says are prerequisites for being a leader in the local church.  Think about which of those qualities would not have been present in the disciples when Jesus first chose them.
  • Finally, how can we balance out the understanding that God delights in choosing ordinary nobodies (like us) but yet has high expectations for us at the same time?

Lots to cover this week and it’s a long reading.  Remember to break it apart, if you must, and save time to go ponder the three questions above.

Mike Lenhart will lead us again this week.  Gather at 7:30 am at The Cornwell Center.  We’ll begin the lesson promptly at 7:45 am.


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