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Bible Study: "The Apostles"

Opening Hymn: LSB 819:1

Psalm 33:1-11

Creed (Back Cover)

Lord’s Prayer (Back Cover)

1) The Twelve Apostles

a) What does the text call these men?

i) What does that mean?

ii) What does that tell us about them?

b) What does Jesus give them?

i) How does he give this to them?

ii) How will they will exercise it?

c) Why not just list the guy’s names? Why the detail?

2) The Sending

a) What sets these 12 men apart from the many disciples?

i) How is that reflected in what we call them?

ii) What are we? Disciples or apostles?

b) To whom are they sent? Why?

i) What are they supposed to say?

ii) What are they supposed to do?

iii) How does this sending differ from a regular job?

c) What determines if they serve a specific house or not?

i) Does this seem fair?

(1) Why is it this way?

(2) What will happen to those who reject them?

ii) Is this how we are to care for those around us?

3) The Warning

a) Why will the apostles be persecuted?

i) Does this affect how they respond to persecution?

ii) What ought this teach us about our own persecutions?

b) Who is Jesus talking about in v. 28?

i) Is this meant to strike us with fear?

ii) How does Jesus describe the Father?

iii) But what is the warning? V. 33

c) V. 34 and following sound horrible!

i) How can this be true?

ii) What really divides us?

(1) What often do we love more than God?

(2) How does this give a false sense of unity?

d) What’s the reward?

Closing Prayer: Luther’s Morning Prayer, pg. 327

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