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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Marks gospel shows that Jesus has power and authority over humans. While he was walking along the Shore of Lake Galilee he calls to two fishermen "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men" and they immediately dropped their nets and followed him. This shows that Jesus has the authority to call these men in such a way that they respond immediately. The other 10 people that Jesus called to follow him had the same reactions and immediately left their families, jobs, possessions and money behind them to follow Jesus.
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In total Tr�caire is funding 669 projects in 63 countries around the world to a total value of �38.6 million. This is a big ask however of everyone so other methods in which Christians can help the poor around the world are charitable donations and prayer In the bible we are told to help others. In 1 Corinthians 12:26 it says "If one part suffers every part suffers with it" So by not helping the poor we are inflicting not only the poor but also ourselves.
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Faith and Prayer are important for discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. In the parable of the epileptic boy a man brings his son to Jesus he says, "Teacher I brought you my son, who is possessed by an evil spirit that has robbed him from his speech." This shows that he has faith in Jesus to cast out his evil spirits. Jesus asked him did he have belief and the father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Jesus rebuked his evil spirit at once. In this story the boy's father needed more faith. He had some faith, but felt that he had not enough to help his son.
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Christians are involved in making Jesus known to people in different ways: through prayer, through the loving service of others, through works of healing and reconciliation and through acts of justice and mercy shown to the needy and oppressed It is through baptism that a person becomes a member of the church. All members of the church have the same task: to pray, to deepen their understanding of God, to become more open to receive the love of God, to learn to love God, to proclaim and share their love of God and to learn to love others as they love themselves.
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Priests and Nuns take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience and work in the service of others. Martin Luther King was an American Baptist who was a very dedicated man and who was determined to get equality between blacks and whites. Blacks earned half as much as white people, many were not allowed to vote and they were not allowed into certain public places that were reserved for whites only. Although he got many death threats he continued to organise campaigns, boycotts, marches and other forms of peaceful protest. In 1965 equal voting rights were given to the black people. In 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated. He was a great inspiration during and after his death.
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Jesus then saw a poor widow come along and drop in two little copper coins. He then told his disciples that the widow had put more in the offering box than all the others. When Jesus told His disciples that the widow had put in "more", he was speaking metaphorically. She gave all that she could give to God, hoping that because of her kindness, God would help her. This tells Christians that Jesus wanted his disciples to be like this, to give all they could to God.
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This story tells us that our discipleship must be the most important thing in our life, that we would leave everything we have to follow Jesus as God's call is the most important than anything else. The teaching of the discipleship to the people, might affect the life of a Christian because if you have faith in God and his miracles, the teaching should have an affect on a Christians life. If a Christian believes in the miracles that Jesus made long time ago when he was in the earth, then the Christian believes in his teaching that is still teach now in church.
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In the papers we read of stories where children have displayed signs of trust where the trustworthy person has taken advantage of the situation and abused the child one of the most recent cases is the (Huntley case and Maxine Carr where they abused the trust of two young teenage girls and in the time they abused the girls ,they killed them in cold blooded murder .from my own personal experience I believe that the 21stC is the most notorious time to be brought into the world.
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Explain how this teaching on discipleship might affect the everyday lives of Christian believers today? All Christians are individuals and have free will given to them by God. Each Christian
Everyone is called to by virtue of their baptism, even though they might not leave everything it still impacts. Some people such as literalist and fundamentalist Christians will interpret Jesus' teaching in a literal sense. They may feel they have to spread the good news by preaching it, to encourage others to follow Jesus. They may actually give up all they own and only keep what is necessary to survive. They can be compared to the widow in 'The Widow at the Treasury,' "This poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed...they have put in the money
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What did discipleship mean for the first disciples? A disciple was someone who followed or learned form another leader
An example of when they did not have enough faith to heal is 'The Epileptic Boy'. When they follow Jesus it is a complete change of direction and lifestyle. They went from being fishermen to preachers of gods message. They had to put a blind faith in Jesus. The disciples didn't ask any questions, they had complete trust and total acceptance in Jesus' call. The disciples dropped everything and took nothing which was a major sacrifice. They had to leave a lot of things such as food, clothes, personal belongings, family, friends and even their jobs.
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Discipleship is to be lived out in the context of the Christian community. As individuals we are called to follow Jesus, and the church community is also called to a life of discipleship
Wherever Christian faith is active in love and truth, it is visible that God works in us to recreate us in the image of Christ, as himself the image of the invisible God. Many people around the world have tried to be 'salt and light' in their own individual way as a source of Godly influence in the world and to carry out the demands of discipleship. "You are the salt of the earth...you are light of the world" Matthew 5:13-16 One example is Mother Teresa.
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