Why did Jesus send out his disciples two by two?
The Gospel of Mark shows that Jesus designed his disciple’s ministry to be a team effort.
“Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” ~ Mark 6:6-7
Luke also records that Jesus even sent a large group of seventy of his followers out by twos.
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” ~ Luke 10:1
Why did Jesus do this?
Here are four reasons to consider:
1. Training by Twos
Jesus sent out his disciples two by two as a training exercise for the purpose of spreading the Good News and growing the Kingdom.
It is obvious that Jesus used the power of influence, encouragement, and mutual learning to train his disciples.
Jesus gave his disciples authority over demons, as well as the power to heal the sick.
2. Witness of Twos
Two people provide a valid witness.
Instead of just sending out one person, Jesus created a support system by sending out two disciples together.
He said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
3. Working Together by Twos
Jesus gave the disciples authority when they worked together.
He called the twelve disciples together and sent them out two by two. He gave them authority over impure spirits. (Mark 6:7)
4. Supporting One Another by Twos
Jesus showed that sending the disciples out by twos help them to support one another in the things they witnessed, the teachings of Jesus, and the observation of many miracles.
The reason that many congregations and churches are failing today is that they are not following what Jesus did.
If a fellowship is going to be strong, it must follow the actions of Jesus. Developing the skills of people to support one another and work together is necessary for success.
How is your church doing?
Is your fellowship doing its ministry two by two?
Do you believe this practice can still work today?