The Search for the Twelve Apostles

Date: April, 10, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM

The Search for the Twelve Apostles starts with the book of Acts and then jumps into church history as we track the lives of Jesus’ Apostles.

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. – 1 John 1:1

Everyone is welcome to attend this mid week study. If you would like to purchase the book you may find it HERE on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.  The book was written in the 70’s so you may be able to find a copy at a used book store.

We’ll use Zoom for our meeting.  HERE is the link.

Lesson One: Introduction

How much do you know about the Twelve Apostles?  In this book we’ll start at Scripture and jump into history following where the clues might lead.

Lesson Two: Peter

If you had to name the leader of the Apostles it would have to be the guy who jumped out of the boat, confessed his faith, and denied his Lord – Peter.

Lesson Three: Andrew

The Apostle Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother, but it is important to note that before Andrew was a disciple of Jesus he was also a disciple of John the Baptist.

Lesson Four: James the Greater

The first martyr of the Christian church may have made it all the way to Spain. This is not Little James or James the brother of Jesus who wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name..

Lesson Five: John

The disciple whom Jesus loved was the author of the a biography of Jesus, three epistles, and a revelation that gave a persecuted church hope.

Lesson Six: Philip and Bartholomew

Philip and Bartholomew are inseparable in Scripture.  Where did the Gospel take these two Apostles?

Lesson Seven: Thomas and Matthew

Thomas had a face you’d think you’d seen before.  Matthew was hated for his profession.  Both were Apostles sent by Jesus.

Lesson Eight: James the Lesser

So Matthew and “Little” James are brothers?!  And what about James the Just – Jesus’ brother?  Are those two different people?

Lesson Nine: St. Jude

Garland Simrel’s eldest is known as Trey.  That’s not because his name is Trey.  He’s called Trey because he is Garland Simrel III.  St. Jude is no different.

Lesson Ten: Simon the Zealot

Have you ever been passionate about a cause?  Would the people around you call you nickname that reflected your zeal?  That seems to be the case with Simon.

Lesson Eleven: Judas Iscariot

It would be far better for that man if he has never been born.  With a comment like that from Jesus, you know this will end badly.

Lesson Twelve: Matthias

Was Matthias chosen too quickly?  Should the Apostle Paul have been the one to take the place of Judas?  Some have accused the Eleven of moving ahead of the Spirit.

Lesson Thirteen: John Mark

From fleeing naked in the Garden to having a fight with the Apostle Paul so severe that they went in different directions, John Mark, even though not an Apostle, makes it into our study.

Lesson Fourteen: Barnabas and Luke

Where did Barnabas end up after the split over John Mark? Is there a doctor in the house?  There is in this lesson!  Luke wasn’t an Apostle of Jesus, but he was an Evangelist.

Lesson Fifteen: Lazarus

One of the few named people whom Jesus raised from the dead, Lazarus, is a famous fellow – almost as famous as his sisters, Mary and Martha!

Lesson Sixteen: The Apostle Paul

What can we say about the greatest missionary the word has ever seen?  Maybe a good place to start is at the beginning.