The lessons and patterns in ageless management principles employed by our Lord with His disciples are an inspiring model for those who seek greater depth and stability in the Christian church today. Featured in this classic work is Christ, the Master Potter, molding and fashioning His disciples into useful vessels. The Training of the Twelve is rich in thoughts, not only for preacher and teacher, but also for every Christian who is interested in being a leader or in preparing others to lead.
“Little is said of the five disciples, but there is enough to show that they were all pious men. What they found in their new friend indicates what they wanted to find. They evidently belonged to the select band who waited for the consolation of Israel, and anxiously looked for Him who should fulfil God’s promises and realize the hopes of all devout souls.” (Page 5)
“The eye of Jesus was single as well as omniscient: He looked on the heart, and had respect solely to spiritual fitness. He had no faith in any discipleship based on misapprehensions and by-ends; and, on the other hand, He had no fear of the drawbacks arising out of the external connections or past history of true believers, but was entirely indifferent to men’s antecedents. Confident in the power of truth, He chose the base things of the world in preference to things held in esteem, assured that they would conquer at the last.” (Pages 19–20)
“Men who are destined to be apostles must, as disciples, know more than most of the chaotic, speechless condition, and of the great, irksome, but most salutary business of Waiting on God for light, and truth, and grace, earnestly desired but long withheld.” (Page 54)
“Prayer is a necessity of spiritual life, and all who earnestly try to pray soon feel the need of teaching how to do it.” (Page 52)
“Christ’s complaint against the inhabitants of these favored cities was that they did not repent, that is, make the kingdom of heaven their chief good and chief end. They wondered sufficiently at His miracles, and talked abundantly of them, and ran after Him to see more works of the same kind, and enjoy anew the sensation of amazement; but after a while they relapsed into their old stupidity and listlessness, and remained morally as they had been before He came among them, not children of the kingdom, but children of this world.” (Pages 23–24)