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Andrew and his brother Simon (Peter) decided to drop their nets and follow Jesus. James and his brother John also decided to drop their nets and follow Jesus. These four disciples (followers) became the first third of a committed group that Jesus trained and sent out. We call these sent ones, "apostles."
One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John… (Luke 6:12-14 NLT).
It became their responsibility to go out and make new disciples (followers of Jesus) across all nations (people-groups). That is exactly what they did. They also taught these followers what Jesus taught them. Two of these teachings define our relationship with other Christ-followers.
...God in heaven is your Father (Matthew 23:9b NLT).
...you are all brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8b NASB).
How about you? Are you a part of God's family?