Early Christians and the Church

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Early Christians and the Church

Early Christians And The Church

A personal understanding of a missionary activity is the promotion of aiding those who are unprosperous and frail from disease. Missionary activity aspires people to achieve a goal that will construct a better community when they lack supplies and hope to survive in the harsh environment. This deed thrives and achieves the common good of people by supplying goods and resources to avoid poverty and injustice, encourage a person's dignity to society, to fight for someone's freedom from slavery and other acts that show peace and an aim to show that there will be no more suffering in the world. A missionary activity is also from Jesus' teachings, that will make people learn and become like Jesus, to be merciful, peaceful, wise, generous, etc. The Early Christians had already set an example of missionary activity which was the time of Pentecost (Acts 2), when Peter and his followers received the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. People came rushing towards the large sound and they were addressed by Peter, with the eleven apostles. He referred to the prophet of Joel and how fire will reign destruction and if people will follow the teachings of God, they will be spared. The crowd asked how they will be spared and Peter replied by saying that they will be needed to be baptised and live by the teachings of Jesus. This influenced the modern church because the vast amounts of people who were converted by the preaching of Peter. The Beautitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) also influences the modern church as well as the text virtues in life which will ultimately lead to reward. The Great Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40), is about living to the standards to God and prove your dedication to him and to show compassion and respect to your neighbours. Foundations that follow the standards of God will be St Vincent De Paul, who work for social justice and help those who are ill, homeless, low prosperity and with no education. Caritas is another example that follows the same aim, a few examples that they work on are the promotion of the dignity of a person, the economic justice, the common good and solidarity. Missionary activity are both connected from the Early Church and the foundations that are presents, developing their skills from what we know from the Scriptures, Gospels and the rules that follow what a Christian's standards are.

St Stephen, a follower full of faith and as well filled with the Holy Spirit, and is recognised as the first martyr of the Christians. Stephen was a person who showed kindness to the Jews, considering he had done great wonders and miraculous signs to the citizens. Members of a Jewish synagogue began to debate against Stephen but were no match for his wisdom and the Holy Spirit within him. They made a false accusation against him that he speaks blasphemy against God and Moses. Stephen was pleaded guilty after his speech to the Sahedrin and was sentenced to be stoned. Stephen prayed to God and said "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." (Acts 7:60), being merciful and showing kindness to them, so they can be accepted in God's Kingdom with St Stephen's forgiveness. This can reflect on the modern church on how St Stephen sacrificed himself like on how Jesus sacrificed himself for the sins people committed, but instead was to forgive his executioners let them be in God's Kingdom on the act of mercy and kindness. St Stephen impacts on the church today by being having the role of one of the seven deacons, that influenced of deacons involved in Church. He was an evangelist to the people where ever he went to spread the word of the gospel, for people to believe in God's Kingdom.

Being a son of a Roman citizen, he was educated in Jerusalem and became a zealous nationalist; a Pharisee. His Jewish name being Saul, he was a prosecutor of the Early Christians and his first contact with them, was his involvement in the stoning of St Stephen. During his ride on the road to Damascus, the Holy Spirit appeared in front of him as a ball of light. Jesus came to him to a vision and told him to go to Damascus and obeyed his command (Acts 9:4-6), there he was baptised by the disciple, Ananias. He began the next three years of his life preaching about the gospels to the citizens of Damascus and later returned to Jerusalem to be accepted by Peter and the other Christians. Paul then went to his home city of Tarsus and spent about six years preaching in parts of Syria and Cilicia. After a final year spent at Antioch, he and Barnabas were commissioned by the Christian authorities to go to the surrounding nations and preach the Christian message. St Paul he has a lasting effect on the everlasting Christiang community. We still listen his letters that have insight that are relevent to Christians/Catholics today, we hear readings of his letters in Mass. He was a true missionary who valued the service of women. St Paul had made 20,000 miles to spread the gospel of Jesus and made letters to Ephesians, Galatians and Epistles, that were about, “The Gospel . . . is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith” (1:16–17). Paul was an exceptional example towards the Early Christians and the modern church by celebrating about him and referring to him in Mass.


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