This is the first bible study of a twelve week bible study called the "Twelve Apostles-Foundation of Christ's Bride (The Holy City)". Each week we will study one of the twelve apostles which were Jesus Christ's apostles and referred to as the foundation of Christ's Holy City. In the Revelations chapter 21, one of seven angel's came to John telling him that he would show him the bride, the Lamb's (Jesus Christ) wife. He then showed the apostle the Holy Jerusalem of heaven. A description is given, part of that description reveals that the twelve disciples names would represent the twelve foundations of this Holy city. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" Revelations 21:14 The apostles have significant importance as the foundation of the Holy City so it makes sense that we should know who they were, what they taught, why it was important, and how they died. Our first study is on the Apostle Andrew, one of Jesus Christ's disciples (apostles). From the scripture and historical facts we have learned these things about Andrew. About Andrew:
Served as an apostle to Jesus Christ
Was the brother of Peter another apostle of Christ
He was known as the first home and foriegn missionary
Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, and Greece claim him as their Patron Saint
"Before he met Jesus, Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. However, when John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God he realized that Jesus was greater and immediately left John, found his brother Peter and became a disciple of Jesus" John 1:25-42. The Apostle Andrew is said to have died in Achaia, Greece in a town called Patra. He died a Martyr's death because the Governor Aepeas's wife was converted and became a Christian as was his brother who followed her example and also became a Christian. The Governor Aspeas became very angry about these conversions in his family and ordered that the Apostle Andrew be arrested and crucified exactly as his Master Jesus Christ! Andrew begged that his cross be different than Jesus's cross so they crucified him on an x shaped cross. The people were horrified and martyred the apostle Andrew, they named the cross "St. Andrews Cross" (2) which became an apostolic symbol. Later two crossed fish became symbolic of Andrew's life as a fishermen before he began to follow Jesus Christ.