1. Our purpose for studying "The Story of Jesus" is to help us grow in our knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18). 2. In this lesson we are covering information that relates to "Jesus' apostles." 3. Let us first consider several . . .
I. PRELIMINARY MATTERS
A. Apostle: one sent forth on a mission with authority to fulfill the mission. B. A number of Bible characters are referred to as "apostles," including: 1. the twelve (Matthew 10:2-4) 2. Matthias (Acts 1:26) 3. Barnabas and Paul (Acts 14:14; 13:1-3) 4. Paul (Romans 1:1) 5. James the Lord's brother (Galatians 1:19) 6. Christ (Hebrews 3:1). C. This lesson is a study of the men selected as special servants of the Lord.
II. THE SELECTION OF THE APOSTLES
A. The twelve (Luke 6:12-16) B. Matthias (Acts 1:15-26) C. Saul [Paul] (Acts 9:1-6, 15-18; 22:12-16; 26:13-16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-9)
III. THE MISSION OF THE APOSTLES
A. Basically, the mission of the apostles is revealed in Mark 3:14-19. B. However, more specifically, Jesus gave His apostles: 1. the limited commission (Matthew 10:5-8) 2. the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
IV. THE AUTHORITY OF THE APOSTLES
A. Jesus delegated authority to Peter (Matthew 16:18-19). B. Jesus delegated the same authority to all the apostles (Matthew 18:18; 19:28).
V. THE TEACHING OF THE APOSTLES
A. The apostles were responsible for teaching all things that Jesus had taught them (Matthew 28:19-20). B. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help the apostles in teaching His Word (John 14:26; 16:13). C. The teaching presented by the apostles is the teaching of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:37).