According to Luke 6:12-16, Jesus spent an entire night in prayer before He selected twelve ORDINARY men to serve as His Apostles. He chose Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew (a.k.a. Nathanael), Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Judas the son of James (a.k.a. Thaddeus), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot. With the exception of Judas Iscariot, these ORDINARY men did something EXTRAORDINARY—they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Today we want to consider what we can learn about becoming EXTRAORDINARY from Jesus’ selection of these ORDINARY men.
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.“