9/10/17 – Are You A Stayer Or Strayer
Some of you may remember the 1980’s TV series “The A-Team.” At the end of their stint in Viet Nam, Col. John “Hannibal” Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team’s con artist and ladies man. BA (officially “Bad Attitude”) was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, “Howling Mad” Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic–they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission.
As impressive as these “good-guy vigilantes” were, they were the B Team compared to the Apostolic A Team whose leader was the apostle Paul. Concluding the book of Colossians Paul introduces us to his A-Team. These were, for the most part faithful men and one woman. And, they were more than saved, they were disciples.
In this list there are 10 members of the Apostolic Team. Read through the passage, jot there names down and record what is noteworthy about them. What makes them disciples.
You will also find one man named who was a failed disciple. He is the only one without a commendation. Who is he? He is mentioned in another of Paul’s Epistles. If you have good cross references (as in the Authorized Edition) you can see why I call him a failed disciple.