The Greek word for the Disciple is ‘mathetes‘ meaning a ‘learner’ or ‘follower’. The word means accepting and following the views and practices of a teacher. Apart from having a large following of people, Jesus chose twelve disciples during his earthly ministry. The list is mentioned in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-16 and Acts 1:13. The original twelve disciples are also called the ‘apostles’ (Greek – ‘apostolos‘ meaning ‘one who is sent out with a special commission as a fully authorized representative of the sender, like an ambassador). This bible study lesson lists the names and meaning of these disciples and their occupations.
- Peter: (Greek: Petros meaning ‘Rock’) – Peter was one of the most prominent of the 12 disciples. He was a natural spokesperson and also the leader of the early Christian church. His original Hebrew name was Simon, a common popular Hebrew name. Jesus gave him a name ‘Kephas‘, an Aramaic name. John translated into it Greek ‘Petros‘ meaning Rock. (John 1:42 – “you will be called Cephas.”) Peter was a native of Bethsaida (John 1:44), was the brother of Andrew, lived in a fishing town- Capernaum. (Mark 1:29) He was a fisherman by occupation on the Sea of Galilee. He was a married man. (Mark 1:30, 1 Cor 9:5)
- John:(Meaning – God is gracious) John was originally the disciple of John the Baptist (John 1:35), and was introduced to Jesus in John 1:35-39. He was the brother of James and the son of Zebedee. He lived in Capernaum in Galilee, but most probably a native of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee along with his brother and father. (Mark 1:19-20). He was one of the three disciples, closest to Jesus, the others being Peter and James.
- James:(Greek Iakobos– the English word for Jacob meaning Israel or he who supplants his Brother). James was the son of Zebedee (Mark 4:21), the older brother of John (Mat 17:1), by occupation a fisherman along with his brother and father at the Sea of Galilee, in partnership with Peter and Andrew. (Luke 5:10). He was the first disciple (apostle) to be martyred. (Acts 12:2)
- Andrew:(Greek –Andreas, meaning ‘Manly’, man), was the brother of Simon Peter, the son of Jonas, lived in Capernaum like his brother, , and was a fisherman by occupation. He brought Peter, his brother, to Jesus. (John 1:25-42)
- Philip:(Greek – Philippos, meaning ‘Lover of horses’). He was a close friend of Andrew and Peter, and a native of Bethsaida (John 1:44). Jesus called Philip near Bethany where John the Baptist was preaching (John 1:43). He was the one who persuaded and brought Nathaniel to Jesus. (John 1:45-51)
- Bartholomew:(Greek –bartholomaios meaning Son of Talmai). He is mentioned in all the four lists of the apostles in the New Testament. There is no other reference to him in the New Testament. Nothing much is known about him.
- Thomas:(Greek –Thomas from Aramaic –te’oma meaning ‘twin’) He is also called ‘Didymus’ or ‘the Twin’ (John 11:16, 20:24, 21:2). When Jesus appeared to the apostles after His resurrection, Thomas was not present with them. Later on, when the disciples told him about Jesus’ appearance, he would not believe them, until Jesus showed Himself a week later. (John 20:24-29). His occupation is unknown.
- Matthew: (Greek –maththaios– meaning ‘gift of Yahweh’) is also called ‘Levi’ (Mark 2:14, Luke 5:27). He was a tax collector by occupation. Jesus called him to be one of his disciples, when he was at the tax office (Mat 9:9, Mark 2:14). He is ascribed to be the author of the Gospel according to Matthew.
- James: He was one of the apostles of Christ. He was the son of Alphaeus.. Nothing much is known about him.
- Thaddaeus: He is mentioned in two of the four lists of Jesus’ disciples. (Mat 10:3, Mark 3:18). In the other two lists he is variously called as Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. Nothing else is known about him apart from the mention of his names in the two lists.
- Simon the Zealot: He is another disciple of Jesus. He was a member of a party later called as the ‘Zealots’ (Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18)
- Judas Iscariot: He is the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His last name ‘Iscariot’ is from the Hebrew word ‘Ish Kerioth‘ meaning ‘a man from Kerioth’, a place in the south of Judah (Joshua 15:25). He was a treasurer of the group. (John 12:6,13:29). After his betrayal of Jesus, he grieved for his actions and committed suicide. (Matthew 27:5). He is always mentioned last in the list of apostles.
- Matthias: After Judas committed suicide after his betrayal of Jesus (Matthew 27:3–10), the eleven disciples selected Matthias as the twelfth disciple.Acts 1: 23-26 –
Brothers it is my pray that you would make yourself available this Saturday December 6, 2014 to attend the last fellowship Breakfast forum of 2014. 10:00 am at the Sunrise Restaurant 1301 Edgemont Ave. Chester, Pa. 19013
We will have the knowledgeable and highly respected speaker, Edward Coleman, Vice President Operations Southeast Region Step By Step, and Inc. He will discuss Stress management with a biblical base. Brothers we need to here this: Come enjoy the wisdom and wit that only a group of God fearing men can have when we come together. We encourage you to bring a friend. All are welcome at The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Forum.
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast forum
Confronting authority Workshop in October: Our hope is to develop solutions that can stop our young men from becoming victims of police brutality. We need to help them implement logic and common sense solutions which focus on proper mannerisms
Topic: Confronting Authority for Young Men: Statistics show that African-American and Hispanic boys are being stopped and searched at an alarming rate—one out of every three stops lead to an arrest. Allegedly, Trayvon Martin was killed because he was wearing a hoody. When a policeman stops a young man it is often a chess game between Police authority and the young man’s mannerism. We will use a discussion on this topic as a mentoring opportunity
Target Audience: 20-30 boys between the ages of 13 and 20
Objective: Offer smart alternatives to confrontation when approached by community authority including:
- When, where and how to make a complaint about the action of a police officer.
- Help our young boys fully realize the future benefits of living a crime-free life.
- How our dress can lead to us being negatively stereotype that will badly affect the rest of our life.
Date: Saturday October 4, 2014 9:00AM Place: Asbury AME Church 1712 Providence Ave Chester Pa. 19013
Phone # 610-872-7926
Free Full Breakfast and T-shirt
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast forum.
For those of you who missed our meeting on June 2nd 2014 our discussion leader Rev. Dr. Stanley Gordon Smith opened our discussion with the question, when you hear the word man up what comes to mind? And can Dr. King ‘s beloved community become a reality. After some discussion of Dr. King’s beloved community; he reminded us where we have been as a people. Pastor Smith reminded us of our rich tradition of us being Kings and Queens. Where are we now, we are a people without voices the NAACP, SLC are mute and who is at fault? We are moving deeper into a counter culture with a broken moral compass off. Music, drugs and violence seems to have taken the lead . Where do we need to go, we need to go towards a more Godly and Responsible Man: we need to move into action because there is still cause and problems. How do we get there? We can get there by changing the man in the mirror, renewing our minds – man up – pull out our bootstrap – get to work educating ourselves and the young with whom we come in contact– pass on a legacy – and give a damn !
Brothers constructing a bond across the city by a connecting of the willing minds.
For your information at our next Breakfast forum of August 2, 2014 our speaker will be: The Rev. Dr. William Rocky Brown A Man of God, A Community activists and A Politician. Mark your calendar.
Call: Daniel Woods 610-872-7926 or Calvin Laws 610-803-4511 ￼￼
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Forum
10:00 am March 1, 2014
Cost of Breakfast $8.00
At Sweet Lucy
In Community Hospital 2600 West 9th Street, Chester, Pa.
Subject: The community
Man’s role in the church and his community
Brothers it is my pray that you would make yourself available this Saturday March 1, 2014 to attend the anniversary of our Men Breakfast forum. we will have Associate Pastor Ernest Simmons as our discussion leader. He will discuss the man’s role in the church and his community. This should be a very interesting breakfast that you will not want to miss. Come enjoy the wisdom and wit that only a group of Christian men can have when we come together. We encourage you to bring a friend. All are welcome at The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Forum. I ask that every Brother make an extra effort to attend this meeting.
Ernest Simmons is an associate pastor at True Way Greater Highway Church (310 Lamokin St. in Chester, PA). Ernest was born March 31, 1950 In Lane, South Carolina to the late Frazer and Elizabeth Simmons. He attended the South Carolina public school. He is employed by SEPTA. When you see Ernest, you are looking at one of God’s present-day miracles. He survived a near-fatal accident while at work on the Broad Street subway. By some mishap Earnest fell off the subway platform and hit his head on the high voltage
3rd rail. After sustaining several serious injuries, Ernest recovered and has lived to tell the story. Ernest is a man who will quickly testify about the goodness of God. Ernest is Married to Marie Simmons they have one son, Minister Ernest Simmons Jr.
(Stand up Brothers) Come join this movement of Men All Brothers are welcome