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PHILIP: THE FIRST MISSIONARY
JOHN 1: 43 - 45
Jesus Christ prudently chose twelve men to join Him in changing
the world. Eleven of them became world class leaders. Emerging
from the remote region of Galilee they penetrated foreign cultures,
infiltrated seats of government, and saturated societies with good
news of the Kingdom of Heaven.
They were the embodiment of admirable qualities of a leader
penned by an unknown author:
THE WORLD NEEDS MEN ...
Who cannot be bought;
whose word is their bond;
who put character above wealth;
who possess opinions and a will;
who are larger than their vocations;
who do not hesitate to take chances;
who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it";
who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in
adversity as well as prosperity;
who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard-
headedness are the best qualities for winning success;
who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is
unpopular, who can say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest of
the world says "yes."
To aspire to be such a person is to commit ones self to ridicule and
rejection. By following the lives of these men they are revealed to
have become such persons. Their eventual rejection did not
eradicate the impact of the truth they embodied and shared.
They heard the words of their Master and obeyed unquestioningly.
One of the twelve became the first missionary. The others followed
his procession to impact the world.
Internal Scriptural evidences indicate how much of an effort went
into training His disciples. An audit of the gospels reveals they
cover a maximum of thirty-four days of Christ's three-and-one-half-
year ministry. ...
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