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The 12 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes

The 12 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes

Jun 23, 2019

Passage:1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Preacher: Dan Suarez

Series: The 12 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes

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June 23, 2019 - Danny Suarez

The Twelve - Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Olympic 1992 “Dream Team”

In 1992, the committee for the NBA created the ‘Dream Team”, arguably the best team to ever have been put together in basketball history. The committee handpicked each one to join the team, players like Michael Jordan, Magic, Patrick Ewing…etc

Jesus’ “Dream Team”

Similarly, when Jesus came to establish the new covenant and begin the Church, he created his own “Dream Team”. But his selection process what a little different than the NBA committee’s. The Twelve Disciples were not the best of the best, and, according to John MacArthur in his book The Twelve, they were lacking in significant areas

  • Lacked Spiritual Understanding

”And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.”  Mark 6:51-52

  • Lacked Humility 

”And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.” Mark 9:33-34

  • Lacked Faith

”And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”  Matthew 8:26

  • Lacked Commitment

“And they all left him and fled.”  Mark 14:50

  • Lacked Power

”Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  Matthew 17:19

Why would Jesus choose these men to be the pillars for this new movement?

 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being[ might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 1:26-31 

Main idea: “God Chooses Common Men for an Uncommon Calling”

I. God’s calling is unique 

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 1 Corinthians 1:26

“God is not impressed with our looks, our social position, our achievements, our natural beings, or financial status.”   Warren Weirsbe

II. God’s calling has a purpose

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being[ might boast in the presence of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-29

III. God’s calling reminds us of what we have

“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31

The Apostle Paul emphasizes what we have in Christ:

    • Righteousness - our placement before God
    • Sanctification - to be set apart for God’s intended use
    • Redemption - set free from the bondage and power of sin because of what Christ did for us on the cross

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and john, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus”  Acts 4:13

    • God’s calling is unique: uneducated, common men
    • God’s calling has a purpose: boldness
    • God’s calling reminds us of what we have: they had been with Jesus

The Gospel of Christ welcomes everyone. Jesus radically changed the lives of the disciples and others, and he can do the same for you. Turn from your sin, and place your faith in Jesus Christ!