This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
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The gospels tell us that Jesus appointed twelve disciples to be with him. There is nothing very remarkable in that. There were twelve tribes in Israel, making twelve a symbolic number and Jesus made much of symbolism. The remarkable thing is that the first four disciples, Peter, Andrew, James and John were four of a kind. They were all fishermen. Evidently fishermen had qualities Jesus though would provide a valuable toolset for his first disciples. It certainly behooves us to ask, “What were those qualities?” I would suggest three: