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Ep 6 - The 12 Disciples: Looking at Who Jesus Chose to Partner with Him

3/7/2022 00:29:33
Ep 6 - The 12 Disciples: Looking at Who Jesus Chose to Partner with Him
In today's episode, we are going to find gospel gorgeous encouragement in a strange biblical place. A passage of Scripture that can feel rather benign will light up powerfully when we see it anchored in its historical, cultural context. Matthew 10:1-4 is our biblical pearl and it is GOOD news for you and me. This passage courages me forward. This passage causes me to take heart. 

Today we will look at a brief historical and cultural sketch of some of the 12 disciples listed in Matthew 10. Practicing the way of Jesus is partnering with Jesus. These are the 12 principle men Jesus chose to follow Him, practice His way and partner with Him. Partner with Him in what? The tikkun olam - the repair of the world.  

When Jesus chose the 12, surely He chose the strongest, fastest, smartest, etc. Today we will see that the Kingdom of God operates on a different system of "choosing" compared to the way of the world and empire. Jesus chose sons of thunder, tax collectors and zealots to walk with Him, learn His way and partner with Him in repairing the world. 

If He chose them, He'll choose you and me. I'm praying for us all as we seek to practice the way of Jesus in the earth so that we too can partner with Him in repairing the world. 

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Pearls with Kristi McLelland

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In 2007 the Lord opened the door for me to go study the Bible in Egypt and Israel. I went and learned that the Living God is BETTER than I ever knew. When the Lord gave us the Bible, He gave us a Story. It's the best and truest Story ever told.

Each story is like a pearl, beautiful and of great price on its own. But what's more beautiful is stringing the biblical pearls together. Through the Bible, we know who the Living God is, what He's like and what it is to walk with Him. In this teaching podcast, we are going to string 12 of my most favorite biblical pearls together.

We do not just read the Bible - we interact with it. It is living and active and so we are we. When we sit down with the Word of God, it is life with life. The Bible is like a great feast. Great food is best experienced with great people, so welcome and please subscribe to join me at the biblical table for every episode of Pearls. We are getting ready to learn over and over that the Living God is BETTER than we ever knew.

Kristi is a professor at Williamson College and serves as a biblical culturalist. She has a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and has dedicated her life to teaching people how to study the Bible.


One of my faves!

Kristi has opened my eyes to cultural ways of the Bible that I had no idea. It has really put so much perspective on the love story from God to us in His Word. I regular listen to her and do her Bible studies with diligence of thoughts to learn more.


Have so enjoyed her teaching. Opening up so much more of Gods word to me. Thank you for your insight.