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Another of Jesus' instructions to his disciples was to drive out demons and heal the sick. There has been no record of a healing miracle since the time of Jesus. Not even the disciples could perform miracles, so how can somebody today, without Jesus directly speaking to them, how can Christians today be able to heal the sick and drive out demons? In order to become a disciple you have to forget about yourself. So your appearance is no longer a matter or getting the latest possessions can no longer an issue.
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Nero also hated the Christians, so this was the perfect opportunity for him to blame it on the Christians.1 There were many reasons behind how it started. Rome actually tolerated other religions as long as they show their alliance by giving offerings to statues of the emperor. However, the Jews and Christians didn't do this because of the belief that they shouldn't worship any gods' statue and also not worship any other gods except God.2 As they multiplied, Christians were more suspected
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If they were welcomed into a house, they should stay there for the duration of their time in that place; and if they were welcome, they should shake the dust of their sandals as they leave. They were sent out to preach repentance, anoint the sick and perform exorcisms (67-13). This tells Christians that having a specific mission is essential for discipleship. It also shows the need to depend on God, as the disciples were to carry nothing except the bare essentials.
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Daniel was written in the second century BC. Later apocalyptic books said the "son of man" was someone from heaven whom God would send to judge people. However we have two problems with these later apocalyptic books. First we do no know if they thought the son of man was the same as the Messiah or someone else. And second many scholars say that they were written after the time of Jesus. Others disagree. We don't know. Son of Man has three basic forms in mark's gospel: a teacher who has authority; a servant who suffers; and someone who dies and rises.
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These people include family and friends who help you through tough times. Who give up there free time which they could be working to earn money but, instead they sacrifice this to help a friend in need. Another good example of people who posses these qualities these are priests. They sacrifice their free time to preach the word of God and spread it round the world. They also sacrifice time which could be spent with there family. So they are able to go to help people in need.
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We see this when Jesus heals the Syro-Phonecian woman's daughter. She is a Gentile, yet Jesus shows that he comes to help anyone who wants it. 2. Jesus likes to call himself the Son of Man because it keeps the Messianic Secret more than other titles that we see in the gospel. Other names, such as Son of God, were firstly blasphemous, but also they would have meant that people would know before they meet Him, that Jesus was the Messiah, and so would not come to faith independently.
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In the bible, there are many teaching on 'Wealth and Poverty', emphasising the importance of this aspect of life. For instance, in Acts 4 v 32 - 35, the Christian community us encouraged to share all they have in possession, as if it belonged to them collectively. It is then reissued to people according to their needs. Here, Christians are taught that if you are wealthy, you should never become covetous. You should always be "free of want", and share your wealth amongst the ones in need. It also underlines the fact that Christians should taken necessities into account before luxuries.
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Miracles only happen to those who have faith in God and who believe. They use the miracle stories as part of their worship by reminding God how great he is and what he has done for them and to thank him. Also this gives them a reason to stay in faith. If they ever have any doubt they can recall the miracles and see how great and powerful God is. Christians today can learn a great deal from miracles. They learn how important their faith is in God.
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Explain the beliefs and practices associated with the Eucharist, with specific reference to the Roman Catholic tradition.
We believe that this occurs every time we receive the Eucharist. During the first Eucharistic prayer the priest says: "let it become for us, the body and blood of Jesus Christ..." This shows how the people believe that Christ is present in the bread and wine. We also believe that the wine is converted into the blood of Christ, this is because at the last supper he said: "This is my blood, of the covenant which is poured out for many" This is demonstrated in the Act of Faith which says: "O God because you said it, I believe I
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For example, in the Calming of the Storm, the storm represents a troubled moment, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us go across the other side of the lake', this is where he wants to be alone which is much like a human when they may be tired, 'Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow' The calming of the Storm), this indicates that Jesus was tired and was in need of rest, and lastly he shows his annoyance when his disciples ask him, 'Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?'.
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For example, Bill Gates, the billionaire Microsoft founder, gives one million pounds every year to charity. A former teacher of my school (Lismore Comprehensive) Helen Moorhead recently went out to Africa in search for making the children out there have a better life. Helen gave all her money into creating the perfect teaching school for the deaf and recently she received a donation from friends and family so this brought her to build another room. Helen still carries on today showing an amazing Christian Example. If you think of a homeless person giving the tiny amount they possess to charity, it is just totally different.
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So make sure that none of your breaks his promise to his wife'. Quoted from Malachi 2:15 explains to you that there should be no one else except you and your wife, supporting each other .Genesis, 2:24; states 'That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one', has a lot of similarities from Malachi, they both tend to say that once you unite with your partner, you shall become one and live for each other till the end. So aside of being socially committed to each other, the couple are also spiritually bonded, in which sacrament plays a part in.
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But this would not make it impossible to be a true modern day disciple; it would only make it more difficult. This could mean that it is harder to be a true disciple if the one you are following, In this case Jesus, is no longer alive in a physical sense. Some people might believe that because Jesus is no longer alive physically it is not possible to be a true disciple because a disciple is a follower of Jesus and if Jesus is no longer alive it is impossible to be a true disciple.
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Explain how the teachings about being a disciple might make a difference in the everyday lives of Christian believers today
From Mark's Gospel we learn important teachings about money and sacrifice. Jesus did not ask his disciples to give a little of their time and energy, he wants everything. But this is a huge challenge to people today in that we have many things to distract us from the right path, for example: fame, power, money and status. Money can be a barrier to and often takes the place of God in people's lives today; we have become a consumer driven society where having things is often the most important goal in people's lives and yet to be a good disciple a total commitment to God must be made.
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The two quotes: "The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught" (Mark 6:30) and "They went out and preached that people should turn away from their sins. They drove out many demons, and rubbed olive oil on many sick people and healed them" (Mark 6:12-13) Show Christians that the disciples did what Jesus requested and did a good job. However, the understanding of Jesus and his teachings amongst the disciples wasn't always that good.
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Jesus also called the tax collector Levi to follow him which caused a lot of controversy, and didn't make Jesus particularly popular. Tax collectors were hated by the Jews as they were associated with the Romans. By calling a tax collector, this also showed how Jesus was accepting to all. This would have been a good example for the disciples to follow, to love everyone, be forgiving and non judgemental. There are different ways in which the bible is interpreted: the fundamentalist way, the conservative way and the liberal way.
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"It is much harder to be a Christian now than it was when Jesus was with His disciples." Discuss this statement.
A disciple of Jesus is also a follower of Him; they are like students because they learn from Jesus and have faith in him. Our society is generally materialistic and money-oriented thus causing suffering. The pressures which may cause this are for example, mass media such as Television. This can sometimes promote non-Christian values to increase pressure on Christians which is true in terms of relationships and violence. However, in Jesus' day there were other pressures such as political and social issues.
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"Come, follow me" "and I will make you fishers of men." This story teaches us that Jesus chose ordinary men (Fishermen to be Precise). Mark 3:13-19 refers to when Jesus sent the disciples out to preach and to have the strength to make others disciples. This means that Jesus wanted the disciples to go out and spread the word of god to others. Another example from mark to help us understand the purpose of discipleship is in Mark 6:7-13. This is where Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs and gives them authority over unclean spirits. He also tells them not to take anything on the journey apart from a staff!
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Explain what the study of the Synoptic Gospels can tell Christians today about the nature of discipleship.
A disciple is someone who learns from another. They are faithful and loyal, and also trustworthy. In Jesus' time, the disciples were followers of Jesus, and believed in him. They also spread the good news. To be a disciple, Certain qualities are needed, including courage, faith, hope, patience, determination, commitment and sacrifice. Importantly, the accounts of Jesus show that anyone can be a disciple, even sinners and the oppressed. I am going to write about some of the qualities needed to be a disciple, and explain what Christians today can learn about discipleship from the synoptic gospels.
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Not only in discipleship but in all things benefit comes at a cost so it was understandable for Jesus to expect great things to give great rewards. To be a true follower of Jesus you must have enough faith to give up everything just to have him in your life. It was not an easy thing to do but it proved each individuals faith in Christ. The perfect example of this was given by the widow at the treasury. She was extremely poor but she gave all she had willingly to the temple.
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o Rejection - "they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus"(MK 1: 20) o Must be obedient - "Jesus ordered them" (MK 6: 8) o No more than help out those who accept them and advice those who don't - "If you come to a town where people do not welcome or listen to you, leave it and shake the dust off your feet.
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Secondly a study of Marks Gospel tells us that the Nature of Discipleship is to obey Jesus and have faith in everything he does., Mark tells the story of the calling of the first four disciples (1:14-20) in his gospel. Jesus asks some fishermen to "Come with me" and "they left their nets at once and went with him." This shows disciples should be willing to put God first without any doubts and tells Christians that the sacrifices of discipleship has to come before everything else.
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when you get baptised you get eucharist next and that is just to make your relationship with god better. when the last supper ended the celebration of eucharist "this is my blood take this all you and drink this it represents my blood the long and ever lasting" and he also goes on to say "take this bread this represents my body now take this all off you and eat this it is given up to our lord". then there is confirmation is when you become an adult of the church and makes the relationship between us and God stronger
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This shows us how people had to put jesus before everything their jobs, family and themselves as is the case in the passage when jesus called the third and fourth disciples James and john. The response to Jesus' calling is clearly that of a wanting to follow, to be with Jesus. Although disciples weren't apostles and there wasn't a great deal of focus on them in the gospel Their mission was simple. To do as Jesus does. Jesus gave his disciples authority over evil spirits and ordered them to take as little as possible, to leave all behind and go ahead to preach and heal (Mark 6:7-11).
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Therefore, making him infinite and eternal. Jesus' death was sufficient to pay for all the sins that have ever been commited. All we must do is place our faith in him and our sins will be forgiven. During the life-time of Jesus, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the centre of the Jewish religion. When Jesus was dying on the cross he gave out a loud cry and the veil of the temple was torn. There is a significance of the veil of the temple being torn in two...
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