The Work of the Apostles
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Henry Hallam Saunderson
Excerpt from book: II. The First Preaching of the Disciples. Many people became disciples, or learners, of Jesus. Some of them associated themselves with Jesus, giving up their ordinary occupations, and traveling with him wherever he went. Others accepted his teaching and put it to practical use in their lives, applying it to their ordinary work and social relationships. Indeed, there is very little said by Jesus about the special relationships in the group of his followers: but his teaching applies to the normal life of men in human society. Out of this large number of people who accepted his teaching Jesus at one time chose twelve men to go out and preach: at another time he chose seventy. The twelve men who were chosen were his first messengers or preachers. See Luke 6:13. Some of these men had been with him constantly, receiving his instruction. Far and wide there was an interest in the teaching of Jesus, and Jesus sent these men out, two by two, in different directions to preach. When the seventy were sent out they were sent in the same manner. Again try to imagine what it meant to these men to do this. What a novel experience it was to them! We shall see presently that they were enthusiastic about the results. They had the joy of success, and they could not know the trying times that were to follow in the next two or three years. This was the beginning of apostleship for the twelve specially chosen disciples. When they were learners with Jesus they were disciples: when they were sent out to preach they were apostles.' How long each trip lasted we do not know, but they returned to their master to continue in his companionship and in learning from him. Now in your Bibles read the stories of these men on this great undertaking: I. Jesus appointing disciples to be apostles. (a...