We don't always see it, but the way Jesus served God's mission was radically different from his contemporaries. For example, Jesus chose his disciples. The normal or correct practice for rabbis of the first century was to wait for a disciple to come tot he rabbi and ask for permission to follow him. Jesus turned that around going out to people and asking them to, "follow me." Not only did Jesus choose his disciples, he allowed women to be part of his team, another first century no-no. In the story of the sisters, Martha and Mary (Luke 10), we see Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus. This means he was teaching her. Jesus discipled and trained Mary and other women to be leaders in his church. No other rabbi allowed women into their classrooms. These are just two of many examples from Jesus' life.
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I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.
- William Carey
My name is Tim Kirkes. I am honored to be the a child of my heavenly Father, the husband of Lisa, the father of two boys and the pastor of San Dimas Wesleyan church.