Episode ThemeCommunity Building. Kindness puts others first.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
How much do you know about the disciples who were the closest friends of Jesus? It's time for a quick Bible quiz on the disciples.
Question 1: Who were the two sets of fishermen brothers? (Matt 4: 18-22)
Question 2: Which disciple was a former tax collector? (Matt. 9:9)
Question 3: Which disciple betrayed Jesus? (Luke 22: 1-6)
Question 4: Which disciple needed proof that Jesus was alive? (John 20: 24-29)
Question 5: How many disciples were there altogether? (Matt. 10: 2)
How did you do? The fishers of fish (and later of people) were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew and James and his brother John. The tax collector turned disciple was Matthew (also called Levi). Judas Iscariot was the one who betrayed Jesus to the chief priests and teachers of the law who wanted to get rid of Jesus. Thomas was not in the room when Jesus appeared to the disciples. When he was told that Jesus was alive, he wouldn't believe the good news until he could physically touch Jesus. A week later Thomas saw Jesus, touched his wounds, and believed.
Jesus had twelve close friends, or disciples. These special friends were Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddaeus, Simon, and Judas Isacariot. Some disciples are well known to us today; others, we don't know much about, but they all were chosen and loved by Jesus.
Jesus was the Son of God, but even he needed and wanted friends around him. Jesus didn't choose the best to be his friends; he brought out the best in his friends. What about you? How important are your friends to you? This week, bring out the best in your friends!