StoneBridge Community Church
All This Took Place #4: The Training of the Twelve
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Commentary on Chapter 10

Bob Utley, "Chapter 10" From the series Matthew: The First Christian Primer.

Is the Church Really Necessary?

"The great question that reverberates down through the centuries of church history and which remains our primary challenge today: will the church live in such a way, by the grace of God, that the Creator is clearly seen and known and experienced through us? Or will we take His name in vain, and lead astray countless human beings into futile idolatry and destruction?" —Nick Nowalk, "The Indispensable Image: Is the Church Really Necessary?" The Harvard Ichthus, Fall 2013

Dirk A. Walker, "The Church" —The Ark is symbolic of the Church, a place of comfort, refuge, and forgiveness to all peoples.

In Matthew chapters 8-9 Jesus demonstrates his authority over illness and disease, authority over nature, authority over supernatural powers and forces, authority to forgive sin, and authority over life and death.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/ discussion: In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches with authority (ch 5-7), demonstrates his authority (ch 8-9), then gives his disciples authority to bring healing and hope to others (ch 10). The Roman centurion discussed authority with Jesus and, in the Great Commission at the end of the gospel, Jesus says that "all authority in heaven and on earth" has been given to him. Why does Matthew seem to be highlighting the issue of authority? Why do people struggle with the idea of authority? How does God's authority differ from human authority?
1. Our mission…
1. Our mission reflects Jesus' care and compassion.
2. Our mission…
2. Our mission is a calling to bring God's healing and hope to hurting people.

The Twelve Apostles by Constantinople master (early 14th c., Pushkin museum)

Disciples/ Apostles

Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for "Disciples" Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. website.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle? What unique role did Jesus' twelve disciples play in the early church? What do you know about the backgrounds of the twelve? In what ways were they alike? How were they different? What practical steps are you taking to grow in your discipleship? Are you helping others become disciples of Jesus?

The Training of the Twelve

This week's message title comes from A. B. Bruce's classic book The Training of the Twelve. You can access the entire book in pdf format at this link.

Twelve Disciples Quiz

How well do you know the twelve disciples?

To the Jew First…

John Piper, "To the Jew First, and Also to the Greek"
3. Our mission…
3. Our mission is a strategic part of the plan of God.
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For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: Why does Jesus limit his disciples missionary activity to "the lost sheep of Israel" and exclude the Samaritans and Gentiles? Matthew chapter 10 is sometimes called "The Little Commission" in contrast to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.18ff. How might Romans 1.16 help us understand Jesus' strategy in Matthew 10.5-6?
4. Our mission…
4. Our mission is modeled on the ministry and mission of Jesus.

Silo Thinking

"Organizational 'silos' is the term given to departments or ministries within a church that have a tendency to protect themselves, hoard and maintain resources for their own projects, and to place their own goals ahead of the larger vision of the church. Silos can happen in churches of all sizes and we need to keep an eye out for them at all times because they reduce our effectiveness as a ministry." Ron Birch, "6 Subtle Signs of Organizational Silos in Your Church" Unseminary.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: Why is it important that Jesus set our agenda as a church family? In what ways are we tempted to replace Jesus' vision, mission, and agenda with ministries or activities that we personally resonate with?
5. Our mission…
5. Our mission is urgent and momentous.

John Martin (1789–1854), The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah. 1852. Oil on canvas. Laing Art Gallery.

For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: Do you consider our mission "to reach the lost, to make disciples, and to send them out" to be urgent and momentous? Why do Christians become complacent with the gospel and our call to share it with others?
6. Our mission…
6. Our mission is demanding.

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Map

The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. Here is their 2017 Global Report of Where Christians Are Being Persecuted Today.


Silence (沈黙 Chinmoku) is a 1966 novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Written partly in the form of a letter by its central character, the theme of a silent God who accompanies a believer in adversity was greatly influenced by the Catholic Endō's experience of religious discrimination in Japan, racism in France, and a debilitating bout with tuberculosis.

Cover of the English translation of Shūsaku Endō's Silence.

For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: How did the faith and courage of those in the early church contribute to the spread of the gospel despite their persecution? In what ways have Christians in the United States enjoyed a kind of privileged status for many generations? If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
7. Our mission…
7. Our mission is a gift and a privilege.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: How does your life fit in with the plan of God to reach the world with the good news of God's love? Do you consider your calling as an ambassador for Christ to be honor, gift, and privilege? In what ways are you, or could you be, God's representative in the world today?

Growth Group Resources

On this StoneBridge web page, you'll find resources to help you in your group or individual study of Matthew's Gospel.  These resources include (1) a Growth Group Study Guide, (2) two excellent introductory videos from The Bible Project, (3) links to free online Bible commentaries and study materials, and (4) the complete Visual Bible: Gospel of Matthew movie featuring Bruce Marchiano's winsome portrayal of Jesus.

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