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  1. Spoken Coursework It must be remembered that it is the beginning of the busiest time of year in the retail industry and we all should be glad it's

    I would say to you the Xmas temps, as I have said to my full time workers "We have everything to offer, jumpers, jackets, skirts and, accessories!" This should never be forgotten even at difficult times and repeat it in your head if you have a memory problem. We have in front of us an ordeal of the most stressful kind. We have before us long days of struggling and hard work, yes for a change you really will be working for your money.

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  2. Discipleship Coursework A disciple is someone who spreads and teaches the word of God. You would do it for the love of God and

    Also others such as the tax collector among the disciples learnt from his mistakes in his life before Jesus. The should also share in his preaching and healings ministries as they should be able to do the works of God through them and so that the message is still delivered after Jesus has passed and so his work can be finished. They also must take the Gospel to the World to show people how to live and what is right.

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  3. The author of this text is the apostle Mark. Mark took much of his material from the apostle Peter. Mark wrote his gospel a couple years after Jesus' death, in around A.D. 70. Although Mark was not one of the original disciples

    This is an account of the words and works of Jesus as they were recounted by the apostles, particularly Peter. Mark was written for the Greek-speaking Christians who were living under threat of persecution by the Jews. In Mark's depiction of Jesus' ministry, he focuses on eliminating any political connotations connected with the title "Christ" and the crucifixion. Mark stresses that Jesus was not an anti-Roman rebel who intended to assume political power over an earthly Israel. The purpose of his gospel is simply an announcement of the words and works of Jesus.

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  4. According to Mark, what did Jesus teach about the demands of being his disciple?

    1, "they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus." On both these occasions, Mark is showing that one of the demands of being a disciple is being able to leave everything, including their family, at an instance and follow Jesus. The fact that they were able to do this, Mark is showing that to be a disciple of Jesus you must have great trust and faith in him. Another demand of discipleship, which Mark shows Jesus' teaching about in Chp. 8, is that you must be prepared to die for your beliefs. "He must forget self, carry cross and follow me".

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  5. "It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world" , do you agree, give reasons for your answer, showing you have considered more than one point of view, refer to Christianity in your answer.

    Calling today can be described as 'vocation' . We are all called to continue the good work of Jesus Christ, we as Christians work and pray for the growth of the kingdom of God on earth. Priest and Nuns are also called, they live the values of Jesus in our world today, and from this they give witness to others . Just like the first disciples, we as Christians today are all given the part to play in continuing the work of building god's kingdom we can do this by teaching our children the faith of the catholic church and

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  6. Explain how the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus might inspire Christians today to live out their faith

    Jesus indicates that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected. I thing part of Jesus suffering is the way in which his ruthless death is brought on, he is betrayed by someone he trusted. I think this is an incentive to Christians to keep Friends close and to be faithful and true to them. An example of a deep friendship could be David and Jonathan (Samuel 18:1-4 and 20:1-42) Their friendship is so strong that they are said to love each other, each would risk their life to save the other, I believe that this is the kind of friendship Jesus wanted with his disciples, when he prays for unity.

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  7. Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today.

    He suffered with dignity and we can try to follow his example. To know what Jesus did for us, it gives us strength and a new attitude towards life. Christians go to Church to pray and celebrate many traditions and one of them is Holy Communion. This is something to remember what Jesus has done for you and celebrate the new covenant between God and people. The Holy Communion is to re-enact what Jesus did at the Last Supper. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body".

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  8. What do Christians believe about the death of Jesus and life after death.

    But the difference between the Lamb and Jesus was that Jesus would take away their sins for time without end whilst the lamb would only forgive their sins for a year. If Jesus had not of died then a new covenant would not have been made, which is the promise between God and his people. The new covenant was going to be that God would be much closer to his people and he did not have to stay in the Holy of Holies.

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  9. Joseph of Arimathea I arrived at the governors questioning of Jesus Christ early on the Friday morning

    This was a heavy blow to my hopes that Jesus may yet have come out alive. Pilate realised that the crowd had chosen the wrong man, and he publicly washed his hands of the death of Jesus. The case was finally closed. As I waited for the crucifixion march to begin the journey to Golgotha, news started to filter out about how terribly Jesus was being treated by the Roman soldiers. They lived up to their cruel reputation by flogging great wounds on his back with a whip, and shoving a "crown" of those horrible local thorns onto his head.

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  10. How do the teachings of Jesus from Marks Gospel affect the lives of Christians today on Sundays?

    Hymns are sung, readings from the bible are read and communion is taken. Some Christians don't have Holy Communion services, an example of this are the Salvation Army, they believe that it is possible to live a holy life and receive the grace of God without the use of physical sacraments. To them the inward experience is the most important thing. Methodists and Baptists have a Holy Communion service only once or twice a month because they prefer to concentrate on good deeds and helping the homeless and poor just like Jesus. Quakers do not have Holy Communion services as they believe that everyone can have a direct relationship with God, they believe

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  11. It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world.' Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have considered more than one point of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer.

    To be a disciple of Jesus they need to deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow him. Jesus was telling them to give their whole lives and everything they had to God for him to use as he wants. Their cross is not a burden imposed on them, but something that they willingly undertook for the sake of the Gospel. The walk of Christianity is by faith and not by sight. In Marks Gospel many people had faith that Jesus could help them for example Blind Bartimaeus and The Syropheonician Women. In Todays world people are still being persecuted because of their faith.

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  12. "Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship"

    The word Apostle is from the Greek word 'to send'. A disciple is someone who learns, listens and follows. Anybody can be a disciple and anyone who follows Jesus is a disciple. When Jesus called the Apostles, they were ordinary men with ordinary lives who all wanted something. The four fishermen wanted taxes to change and the tax collector Mathew led a comfortable life, but was lonely. There were two zealots in the group, and their mission was to kill the Romans. When they became Apostles, they gave up their friends, family, work and lives to help Jesus on his mission.

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  13. How do Christians respond to the variety of Christian festivals, how do we change? Festivals can affect us in many ways; they

    Going to confession can have a great impact on somebody because they get the feeling that they have been granted a new beginning and that any sins they used to have, have been forgotten. All these factors make our behaviour change, for example we will think before we do something bad again, like argue with our parents or swear or even hit somebody. This happens because we would have already of been in the situation of telling a priest what we have done and this takes courage and we will not really want to go back there again.

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  14. The matrix. The matrix is a sci-fi film which has a religious theme based on events which took place in the life of Jesus.

    The main character is called Neo. Neon is the anagram for 'one', and neo is the chosen one. Neo is recognized by others as their savoir and their personal Jesus. Neo relies throughout the film the he is the one and fights agent smith and gets shot.

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  15. Luke tells of four kinds of miracles: 1. Jesus calms the storm2. The man with demons3. The widows son at Nain4. The centurions servantJesus calms the storm(Luke 8:22-25)

    He presents Jesus as a healer, a compassionate, and a caring person especially to outcasts. Luke is trying to say only someone special, sent by God, the messiah could do these things. He also showed what kind of God the messiah is. Luke tells of four kinds of miracles: 1. Jesus calms the storm 2. The man with demons 3. The widows son at Nain 4. The centurions servant Jesus calms the storm(Luke 8:22-25) * Jesus got into a boat with his disciples, Jesus fell asleep * A strong wind blew down the lake so they were in danger * The disciples woke Jesus up to calm the storm, Jesus ordered the storm and water to go down and asked the disciples "where is your faith?"

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  16. "The whole purpose of Christian festivals is for people to enjoy themselves"

    Many people associate Easter only with the giving or receiving of Easter eggs and a public holiday. However, when the origin of this festival is investigated we realise that its purpose is to remember Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection for us. Although the festival is designed for people to enjoy them, they must also take into account and remember the event that the festival is celebrating. Others argue that the value of Christian festivals is decreasing and few people know the reasons for the festival.

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  17. How do Christians respond to the variety of Christian festivals?-(

    When we give alms we feel good about ourselves because we are helping others and showing God that we respect him. In order to give alms we also have to give things up and make sacrifices e.g. don't buy any sweets from the way home from school or stop getting the weekly magazine you usually get. This effects our attitudes and behaviour by putting us in other peoples shoes and recognising the different views and perspectives of other people who are less privileged.

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  18. Many people believe that Christian festivals have been over commercialised and because of this they have lost their religious meaning. There

    This is because they give their children a false knowledge that 'father Christmas' comes through the chimney and gives them anything they want for Christmas. This causes parents to fall into debt and many children are left disappointed. Another way that festivals are over commercialised is through the use of pointless decorations. This causes many people to argue and fight over who has the best decorations and they forget about the point and religious meaning of Christmas.

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  19. Jesus forgave many sinners throughout his ministry, but many people were upset at his actions e.g.

    Also, Jesus healing on the Sabbath shows us how much he cares. In the well known event of Jesus meeting Zacchaeus the whole of the town and many Jewish leaders were appalled when Jesus chose to visit a tax collector over them. Tax collectors tended to steal money and were Jews working for the Romans, so they were severely hated in society. Jesus forgave him despite this, showing us that Jesus wants to save all lost people. In the parable of the Lost Son, it illustrates that everyone can have forgiveness no matter how great his or her sins.

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  20. "It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world."

    Mother Theresa is probably the best example of this. Another example is Oscar Romero who was prepared to die for his faith. A disciple is someone who follows Christ. Today we face many challenges that people did not face at the time of Jesus. The biggest challenge is wealth; everyone nowadays likes to be wealthy. Success and wealth are often measured by today's materialistic world. People today are often easily distracted from making this matter. There is evidence of growing secularism therefore religion has lost status and meaning in people's lives. People nowadays do not take faith as serious.

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  21. Using St. Marks Gospel, explain why Jesus' last meal in the upper room was so important for both him and his disciples. Explain how Christians might interpret and celebrate this meal in the Church today.

    They were also to eat a bitter meal consisting of roast lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Each year the family meets for the celebration of the Passover. The Eucharist is the central ceremony to many Christian's worshipping life. It is a memorial of Jesus' last meal. By sharing a simple meal of bread and wine, Christians remember the death of Jesus. Jesus shared a meal with his disciples on the evening before he died. The last supper took place in an upstairs room in a house in Jerusalem.

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  22. 'Jesus made a mistake in choosing his disciples, they all failed miserably.'

    This in itself provides a good lesson to us about the challenge of discipleship. It is not anything to be taken lightly, as even St Peter could not stay strong in the face of death. Peter's attitude also shows Christians how seriously we should take our role, and that we should be prepared to suffer death because of it. In Mark 14:66-72 we are shown another very key part of discipleship: the nature of failure. Peter failed and disowned Jesus, but following this went and wept, repenting what he had done. The repentance and trust in God's forgiveness should be a characteristic of every disciple's life.

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  23. Consider the role of Peter in the ministry of Jesus

    Jesus predicted at the Last Supper that Peter would deny him three times before the cock crowed when Jesus was arrested, Peter did deny Jesus three times, once to the woman who guarded the gate to the High Priests House, once to a group of soldiers and once to the relative of the man whose ear Peter cut off, once he had denied Jesus a third time, the cock crowed. However, in Peter's defence he does commit totally to a subject, but he can be over excite, enthusiastic and doesn't think before he acts.

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  24. What do Christians believe about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus?

    He says, "Take this cup of suffering away from me".1 Here Jesus is scared and anxious, but possesses true courage, as he still has the strength and determination to endure pain, and even refuses to take the myrrh drug, which would have decreased his torment. The huge nature of Jesus' suffering is displayed in the passage when the soldiers mock Jesus.2 Jesus had a choice whether or not to suffer and die, and chose to, to save us. He suffered for us to make us good enough for heaven, and could have stopped at any time, but didn't.

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  25. The Catholic teaching on wealth and poverty aims to teach people aboutthe responsibilitys of the rich to the needs of the poo

    Later on in the new Testament Jesus taught the parable of the sheep and the goat he said ,'whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me' meaning whatever you do for the lowest of the people you are doing for Jesus.

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