SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
CLASS: SS 3
TERM: 1st TERM
WEEK FIVE AND SIX
TOPIC: MISSION OF THE DISCIPLES
FOR WEEKS FIVE AND SIX
Mission of the twelve
After Jesus had taught his disciples both privately and publicly he decided to send them out to practicalise what they had learnt. The three synoptic gospels recorded the mission of the twelve disciples.
Matthew stated that the mission of the twelve was limited to the Jewish territories but Luke and Mark did not record it. Matthew alone stated the names of the disciples that were sent out but not recorded by the two other gospels. Mark stated that the disciples were sent out in pairs i.e. two by two but Luke and Matthew did not state it. Matthew stated that Jesus called the twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirit to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. Jesus announced rules guiding their mission-a code of conduct. The first was that they should not go with money or tunics or bags. They should stay in places where they were received with open hands.
The important fact here is for Christians to understand the preparation they must undergo in terms of sound teaching and practical experience in becoming a priest, evangelist, ministers of God and other Ministerial assignment.
Mission of the seventy-Luke 10: 1-24
Luke alone gave the account of the mission of he seventy. According to Luke, seventy other were appointed by Jesus. He sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself would go later. He said the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few, they should that God would send more labourers into the field.
A major difference between the mission of the seventy and that of the twelve is that in the case of the seventy, Jesus did not discriminate on areas to go into, e.g. Jewish or Gentile territories. Again on the mission of the seventy, Jesus warned them to be very cautious in their mission, as he was sending them out as “Lambs in midst of wolves”. He charged them not to carry purse bags, sandals and to salute no one on the road. Just like that twelve, the seventy went in twos and returned, giving account of a very successful mission. Jesus admonished them not to rejoice as a result of the success of their mission, especially their triumph over demons but because their names had been written the book of life in heaven.
LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THE TWO MISSIONS AND THE SIGNIFICANCE
3.Mention three leadership qualities of Joshua.
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