Assembly: Oh yes we do! The calling of the disciples

another taster from my forthcoming book Creative Ideas for Frontline Evangelism with Young People 

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Text: Mark 3:13-19

Introduction

A man is lost on the Devon Moors. There are no signs anywhere. As he blindly goes around the twists and turns of Dartmoor, he spots a man and his sheepdog on the side of the road. Pulling alongside him in his fancy London car, he winds down the window and asks

“Good man, how do I get to Exeter”

The Shepherd pauses for a moment.

“Well, if I was goin’ to Exeter… I wudden be startin’ from ‘yere!”

If you were going to choose a proper set of disciples, you wouldn’t start with this lot. In order to win power and influence and control you would choose the privileged, the educated, the rich. But Christ chose fishermen, outcasts, the youthful in order to reach people like you and me

Story

We are all different. So unique, so special. Different educations and interests, tastes in music or clothes; different ways of thinking, different ways of doing things.

And because everyone in the world was so different, so the way to reach out to the world had to be different:

  • Some in the world were young and some were… more mature,
  • Some in the world were clever and some were … in need of a simpler explanation ,
  • Some in the world were easily confused and some were very strong-minded,
  • Some in the world were cynical and some were open

But the Boss knew he needed them all in his world-changing team.

And each time The Boss chose someone to follow him, the others said:
We don’t need you.

But the Boss said:
Oh yes, we do!

(get half the audience to yell out ‘we don’t need you’ and the other half ‘oh yes, we do’. you can put these two lines on a powerpoint or two large pieces of card and hold them up as cues)

The Boss chose hot-headed, loud-mouthed, never-stop-to-think-about-it Peter.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose angel-faced, quick-to-smile, far-too-young-looking John.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose quick-eyed, clever-in-class, good-at-languages Andrew.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose grumpy-faced, stick-in-the-mud, ‘I don’t believe it!’ Nathaniel
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose very-excitable, won’t-ever-give-up, always-in-a-rush Philip
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose thoroughly-nice, his-mummy-loves-him, he’ll-go-far James.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose good-at-maths, rather-selfish, ‘I’ll do anything to succeed’ Matthew.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose never-trusting, always-doubting, ‘I’m-not-sure-about-this’ Thomas.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose not-very-strong, easily-overlooked, ‘I’m-too-small’ James.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose temper-losing, tantrum-throwing, ‘I’ll smash your face in’ Simon.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose very impatient, money-loving, ‘I’ll-do-it-my-way’ Judas Iscariot.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

And finally, The Boss chose nobody-special, easily-overlooked, ‘what’s his name?’ Jude.
And the others said: We don’t need you.
But the Boss said: Oh yes, we do!

The Boss chose each one of these twelve disciples, with all their differences. They became a great team, working together. to help the Good News reach the ends of the earth. Even though Judas Iscariot let the side down a bit, and needed to be substituted for Mattias, who did a good job instead, and there was of course Paul, who joined the team a bit later. There were lots of others as well, included some women but we didn’t always write their names down. They told lots of others and they told others and someone told me and now I’m telling you, so we can continue to pass on the good news that our lives can be sorted by Him.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, nor what age, gender, lifestyle, income or education you have. The good news is God has a place for you, and if all of these wierdos, these normal people, these average people, these outstanding, amazing people can come close to God through Christ, so may you.