This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
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: