Lots of excitement among our group this week as we kick off (or re-kick-off) a new series, Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur. For some of the group’s veterans, this is a re-do, of sorts. For others, it’s a great study that remains a favorite by most of our men.
Selfishly, I looked up the introduction from this study I posted in January, 2018 and pasted it below. The instructions then are still relevant this week:
This week, our homework is to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (“Common Men, Uncommon Calling”).
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.
Finally, with new study comes the opportunity to invite someone to join us. I’d encourage you to extend the invitation today!
See you this Friday, SEP 6th at The Cornwell Center. Gather starting at 7:30 am. We’ll launch into this week’s lesson at 7:45 am.