Motley Crew

Motley Crew

As Jesus assembled His disciples, He was not looking for the religious credentials you might have expected. Instead, He called fishermen, tax collectors, political malcontents, and otherwise completely unremarkable people. Join us for part four of Jesus, Friend of Sinners as we explore how God chooses and uses a motley crew to reach a diverse world. 

Passage (read them):

Principles (know them):

Old Wine: Religion                     New Wine: Jesus
Old Wineskins: Priests               New Wineskins: The Priesthood of all Believers

Old Wine: The Law                New Wine: The Holy Spirit
Old Wineskins: The Temple       New Wineskins: You!

Practices (do it):

  • Throw a Matthew Party.

Daily Readings:

This week’s daily readings focus on the dual meaning of wine in the Bible. This image runs throughout the Old Testament and into the New. As you read each passage, look for how wine is used to represent negative and positive things in the Bible. Also, look for how it is abused and how it is appropriately used. How is wine a symbol for how we abuse and distort God’s good creation? How is God redeeming His good creation through Jesus?

Day 1: Genesis 9 & Proverbs 23
Day 2: Numbers 15 & 28-29
Day 3: Isaiah 51, Jeremiah 25 & 51
Day 4: Ephesians 5-6, 1 Timothy 5
Day 5: John 2
Day 6: Luke 22
Day 7: Revelation 14-16

Suggested Resources:


Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur
The Training of the Twelve, by A. B. Bruce

Sermons at

Go Fish! (2020)
Losing My Religion (2020)
30 Words (2018)