Chapter four examines the methods Jesus used to teach and spread his messages about the Kingdom of God. Jesus’s primary audience was the common people of first-century Galilee, so he had to adopt creative techniques to teach uneducated people about an unknown “fantastic” topic, the Kingdom of God. His strategy was successful; amassing a great amount of followers and started the foundation of modern Christianity. The methods he utilized, includes teaching through parables, debates and including examples with miracles and enacted parables.
When many think of the early Church, they think of a perfectly uniformed group of individuals praising and worshiping together. This, in fact, is not true; the early church was not perfectly unified and had many internal and external conflicts. The apostles preached about Jesus and tried to get followers through talking about his life, death, and resurrection. When the church was starting, many internal questions arose like: Who can hear the gospel? Who was in charge? And what does it mean to be free? Many also were not sure whom to turn to ensure that something was valid within the church. With so much confusion, people turned towards the principle apostolicity, which connected the work and intentions of the apostles and ensured reliability. They used the partnership with the spirit to make decisions.
The early church faced many struggles as it grew in the Roman Empire. Christianity had roots in the Jewish faith, but also included aspects that more devout Jews dissented. Although the Gentiles were familiar with the Jewish culture, Christianity was a whole new sect that allowed them to join. Diversification in reactions towards those proclaiming the gospel depended city, not background or ethnicity. There was not a single group in particular that completely opposed Christianity; both Jews and Gentiles rejected, and accepted, the gospel. Early Christians faced various challenges as they went about their mission. On one hand they encountered plots of death or imprisonment whereas in other areas some believed they were
The Good Shepherd is a frescoed painting located in Rome, Italy, on the ceiling of a cubiculum in the Catacomb of Saint Peter and Marcellinus. It is an early fourth century artwork that illustrates the significant events from the Old Testament story of Jonah. Christians honored Jonah as a prefiguration of Christ, because he escaped death after being in the belly of the whale after three days, which is comparable to Christ’s resurrection. Repentance from sin and the belief that Jesus is the divine Savior of the world are the general ideas that define the Early Christian era. The Good Shepherd painting is one of the best reflections of power and authority as Christ is placed in the center of the work depicting His sovereignty over salvation not
We can see Paul's style of networking and communication of the gospel to different groups. When preaching to the Jews, he reasoned from the Scriptures. Starting with their own historic beginnings and swiftly transitioning to the life of Christ. When speaking to Gentiles, Paul reasoned from nature (Acts
Having grown up United Methodist, it has been compelling to discover how much I have been influenced by Wesleyan theology, without even realizing it. This embedded theology continues to be refined through an ever-deepening understanding of scripture, experience, traditions and with the use of reason. I am most drawn to those theologians who are rooted in this Wesleyan tradition. My mother grew up Disciples of Christ, and her tradition influenced my theology through its broad understanding of faith. This led me toward an openness about the various ways people experience and understand the Divine. The Disciples of Christ tradition also influenced my understanding of baptism, while John Wesley’s Treatise on Baptism helped me affirm a Wesleyan
Each of the four Gospels contains points in ecclesiology. In the Great Commission, Jesus’ last instruction to the Apostles is to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching people (Matthew 28:19-20). For Jesus’ mission to continue and for his Church to grow, discipleship is necessary. Discipleship is a prominent theme in all four Gospels, for purposes of this essay, only the Gospels of John and Luke-Acts will be analyzed. The similarities regarding discipleship in these Gospels include images of the net and fishing, and the sheep/shepherd/sheepfold. The differences include the preparing of the Twelve to carry on Jesus' ministry in Luke, and service to the community and passing of authority in John's Gospel.
It’s the day of the Holy Apostles track meet for my 8th grade year and the air was very brisk and breezy. The only running event I had for that day was the 800m race. I started running the 800m in 4th grade. It was my best race and the race I liked the most. I had never won the 800m against these schools before, and I definitely wasn’t expecting to win that day. My rivals in this race were from three other schools St. Leonards, St. Joan of Arc, and MQS . The girl from St. Leonards, Sydney Bartz, was a girl who I have beaten and have raced against since I was in 5th grade. My other two rivals were from St. Joan of Arc and MQS ,Zoey Goodman, who was the girl who I have been up against since 5th grade and I have never beaten her because she has
The Bible commands Christians to go out and make disciples; however, this is impossible without first becoming a disciple of Christ. It is important to understand that discipleship should start with the individual and then go out. Christians need to become examples to live by before they can begin the important task of finding, helping, and making disciples. The Bible contains guidance, standards, and examples of being a disciple who makes disciples. A Christian disciple is someone who follows Christ and makes disciples. The goal of discipleship is to become more Christ like, being drawn closer to Him, and going out and making new disciples. Discipleship is a life long journey that refers not only to your own personal relationship with Christ, but also the act of going out and making disciples.
Sadducees had arrested the twelve apostles due to their belief in God and the wisdom they had. There they were beaten and threatened to never preach God’s word ever again. Peter answered the Sadducees. With Peter saying these simple words God freed them from pain and suffering and allowed them to be back in the Synagogue to preach.
The twelve disciples were devoted men of great character who were chosen by Jesus to be His close companions and followers while He walked the earth. They are often thought of as an extraordinary group, but what most fail to realize is the fact that the twelve disciples were individual, average men with real families, jobs, and plans for their lives. In their day, they were not known as saints; they were just normal men. If this was the case, why would Jesus, God's only Son, choose to be around these simpletons, uneducated as they were? The reason was that He had an incomprehensible love for them. Even though they couldn't return even a part of it, Jesus kept giving them more. At first, the apostles didn't even know who Jesus was. They couldn't understand why Jesus did the things he did and why he was so compassionate towards those he didn't even know, and sometimes wondered if He was completely sane. Nonetheless, as the disciples continued drawing near to Him, blessings and benefits followed and they were used in ways they never would have imagined.
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Mark 12: 30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (New International Version). The church has done a good job in terms of loving God with all its heart, all its soul, and all its strength but has done a poor job of loving God with all its mind. Most churches have a strong sense of community through worship, sermons, bible studies, retreats, and Sunday school but what most churches lack is the desperate need for apologetics. According to a study conducted by the Barna Group, “70-75% of Christian youth in the United States leave the church after high school” (Barna Group, 2006). The Church needs apologetics because Christians are commanded to defend the
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The principles of discipleship can be found throughout the Bible. One of the ultimate goals of discipleship is to become more Christ like which makes Jesus's life and grace an excellent basis for discipleship. Jesus invested in twelve men, the first Disciples, and entrusted them to continue the process. Peter, James, and John were a part of Christ's inner circle and he fostered and encouraged an exalted spiritual life and growth in these three. Paul was a Pharisee who was murdering Christians and then his life was transformed and he became an apostle. He gave his life over to God's purpose not only in a broad perspective, bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles, but also personal. Timothy was a disciple of Paul; Paul was personally involved in Timothy's life. The Great Commission commands the Disciples, in Matthew 28:19, to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". The Disciples followed the Great Commission and Christianity spread. Believers are meant to follow the