Christians today do not suffer as much as they did in the time of Jesus but in some countries Christians do get persecuted and even attacked or killed. The first twelve disciples are not so sacrificial and some probably wouldn^t give their life for God. However, there are still Christians who would do anything for God but this is only a small percent of Christians. The first twelve disciples weren^t just Christians straight away, they dropped all of their things to follow Jesus and spent years learning about God. Nowadays, many people wouldn^t just drop all of their things to follow someone they know nothing about.
The hardest part about doing this is clearing up misconceptions concerning what discipleship is, says Dave Treat. The Gospel is not something that we believe to get into heaven, nor is Jesus all that we need. Yes, scripture is important to understand, and no, attending church does not make you a believer. These misconceptions hinder the ability to create genuine relationships with our father in heaven, since they misunderstand him above all. In a Western Post-Christian society, this is the biggest issue, but Brad Taylor stresses that the impactfulness of these D-groups is not so much in the program as it is in the relationships.
Clearly, not every Christian can be a missionary, preaching the Good news to everybody. Some people are not good speakers, or may be unable to go around and tell everybody about Jesus. However, this does not mean these Christians are incapable of being true disciples. They can show the Christian way through their behaviour and the quality of the way they live their life. There are some factors which modern day disciples need that they share with the original followers of Jesus.
I was afraid of questioning because that meant I had little faith, but that is all God wanted. It is indeed true that many people belong to many different religions, but I, however, belong to Christianity. As answers seemed to burst forth, the relentless questions flying through my mind subsided and I was reminded that, yes, God does
Towards the end the accounts however, the characters go in search for God’s blessing, unlike their early counterparts they demand or challenge God and their enthusiasm is rewarded. The different episodes show the gradual change between God and humanity. Throughout the accounts in the Bible God has loses favor with man, and this loss of favor is due chiefly to man’s failure to obey God’s laws. God’s selection of His chosen people reflects clearly God’s love for the early patriarchs. God did love the later characters, but towards the end of the accounts God loses a tremendous amount of faith in humanity.
Many people think that "Apostles" and "Disciples" mean the same thing, but they don't because an apostle means "messenger, one sent out" "I will also send you out to preach"Mk3v14. They are sent out to tell sinners and gentiles to believe the good news. They are sending out a message about the Kingdom of God and the Good News. Another example of a messenger is Elijah who was a messenger for the Messiah. Jesus never once used "Messiah" in the Mark's gospel, because that woul... ... middle of paper ... ...nal life and many more brothers.
Jesus reflects a God that does not expect virgins or animals to be sacrificed in His name; but, a God that is pleased by followers that love not only God, but each other also. These seem like simple, logical rules to live by. But, they reflected a time in history where that kind of love for one another was hard to find because of the hardships inflicted upon the people. I find some conflict in Jesus' actions, however. Jesus never (as far as I know) says to ignore to commandments of God in the Hebrew Scriptures; however, constantly breaks the Sabbath (Matt 12:13 and others), and gives VERY flimsy and unconvincing explanations for it.
1. In the Bible, Jesus was accepted as the son of god by those with a shallower knowledge and practice of Christianity and was rejected by those who spent their lives educating themselves on how best to serve and worship god. 2. So far from my readings in the New Testament, it seems as if Jesus the Messiah has a sort of presence about him that causes people to follow and believe in him despite having never met him before. However, he does not seem to have this effect on everyone he comes in contact with and there seems to be a similarity between those who are affected and those that are not.
Despite Elijah actions, he still did not confess. (1 Ki 19:9-14) As a person can see, God trusted Moses, David, and Elijah to follow his commands and to do His will. Above all, they were all faithful when the Lord called upon them to do His will. However, at pivotal periods in their lives, they all forgot their purpose of what God had prepared them to do. Importantly, they forgot to trust God and remain faithful in all situations.
God is subject that everyone seems to know everything they care to know, and simply don 't feel they need to check their own ideas. Many of people 's thoughts of God come from Christianities dirty laundry. Most folks have yet to read through the Bible, but they have had a bad experience with a Christian living outside the gospel. Many have been judged