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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Religious motifs

    As St. John writes in his Gospel, stoning was also a punishment for adultery. ' And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

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  4. "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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  5. 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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  6. Peter: A Man Who Fell Into Faith!

    And how the reoccurring grace of Christ abundantly flows for us and never runs dry. In many ways he was an open book. (Barclay, 17) For the most part, Peter was a typical man. Peter was a married man (1 cor 9:5). He was also a fisherman by trade. Peter was a typical Galilean (18). Some describe a typical Galilean as quick-tempered, impulsive, emotional, easily roused be an appeal to adventure, loyal to the end. The Talmud says of the Galileans: "They were ever more anxious for honor that for gain." When Matthew is talking of the disciples, he lists Peter first, "The first, Simon" (Matt 10:2).

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  7. The First World War. Original Writing. A letter Home.

    I must admit that as the train set off I felt a mixture of excitement and fear. I suppose all of us were feeling rather nervous but we all managed to put a brave face on it and talked about how good it would be to get involved in the action at last and give those Germans something to remember us by. I managed to sleep a little and before long we had arrived at Dover where we boarded the ship which would take us to France. The boat journey was tolerable, even though the sea was a little rough.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. The suffering death and resurrection of Jesus 1)

    When Jesus was being crucified, Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Here it shows Jesus was suffering because God did not help him. In Mark 14, 34, Jesus says how he is suffering. "The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me." Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him. He was trying to make the most of his time he had. We know this because when Jesus is anointed at Bethany, Jesus was angry at the people who were shouting at the Lady who anointed Jesus.

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  12. Customer Service for the Senior citizens Christmas party

    We decided on different jobs for everyone to do to prepare aswell. I and Pam had to design the menu and Christmas card; Amandeep had to design the seating plan with Ben and also had to bring in the leaving presents; Matthew and Mat had to design and make the table decorations; Sam, Nigar, Reechma, Ben and Leigh had to design and produce the 4 different quizzes we were going to do; Krystle had to design and make the name cards; Shani had to design, make and send the invitations and Ben and Leigh had to Practice the calling for the bingo.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Annunciation Birth of Jesus Jesus in temple Baptism of Jesus Temptation Peters declaration about Jesus

    Road to Emmaus Cleopas and Jesus gave up on Jesus because they thought that he was going to be a great warrior and save them from the Romans and other Jesus thought he was a magician. Cleopas and Jesus started walking to Emmaus. They were walking when a stranger (who was Jesus but they didn't recognise him it was as if he was in a different body) joined them and asked them "What are you two talking about to each other as you walk?"

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  16. "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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  17. 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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  18. In this piece of coursework I will be writing about the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples, and for Christians to

    Jesus sent his disciples out to cast out unclean spirits and cure people. Jesus told his not to bring a begging bowl, because some preacher sometimes got money from people dishonesty not to bring bread, money or extra clothing, this helped the disciples to totally rely on God. He also instructed them to stamp the dust of their feet if any place does not welcome them or does not listen to them; this is a sign of people turning their backs on them.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. "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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  22. Explain what Christians believe about forgiveness

    Forgiveness was to be the characteristics of his followers. This love asks Christians to show forgiveness to people who have offended you. God also wants us to be forgiving people. Christians are guided by what Jesus said or did through out his life. He told many famous parables on forgiveness one of these is known as 'the unmerciful servant'. 'A man owed a great amount of talents to the king and was brought to him. He was not able to pay so his family was to be sold to pay of the dept.

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  23. Traditions and holidays of Great Britain

    This custom is not very old, but it is for very old people. On his or her one hundredth birthday, a British person gets a telegram with congratulations from the Queen. The changing of the Guard happens every day at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's home in London. The ceremony always attracts a lot of spectators - Londoners as well as visitors - to the British capital. So soldiers stand on front of the palace. Each morning these soldiers (the "guard") change. One group leaves and another arrives. In summer and winter tourists stand outside the palace at 11:30 every morning and watch the Changing of the Guard.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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