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Called to Jesus : The Incarnation and the Kingdom of God. Being a Christian means…. Believing that Christ is the Incarnate (Living) Word of God This means: Jesus is both human and divine (both man AND God) Human - able to suffer and die Divine - able to forgive our sins

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being a christian means
Being a Christian means…
  • Believing that Christ is the Incarnate (Living) Word of God
  • This means:
  • Jesus is both human and divine (both man AND God)
  • Human - able to suffer and die
  • Divine - able to forgive our sins
  • We see God in Jesus – we love God in loving Jesus
  • REFLECT: What are ways that people show their faith in Jesus? (people you know, celebrities, religious leaders)
what did jesus teach about the afterlife
What did Jesus teach about the afterlife?
  • Recall the parables. Talk in your small group about what you think Jesus taught about life after death.
  • The term “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of heaven” is defined almost entirely by parable (examples?)
  • Kingdom of God – a time when all covenants (agreements) made with God are fulfilled
  • Remember covenants made in the Old and New Testaments – fill in some examples in your scripture reference sheet
the kingdom of god
The Kingdom of God
  • Jesus relates the Kingdom to eternal life (Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer) – The Kingdom is when God’s will is done on earth, as it is in Heaven
  • It will be a “kingdom of love, peace and justice” (CCC #2046)
  • The role of humanity is to create the kingdom right now on earth, before Christ comes again (time of Judgment)
  • If God is love, the Kingdom of God could be called “Love’s Rule” or “Love’s Reign”
the kingdom continued
The Kingdom, continued…
  • According to Pope Benedict XVI, the Kingdom of God has three parts:
  • Jesus, who is the Kingdom in human form
  • people, who have the Kingdom within them
  • the Church, whose mission is to preach about the Kingdom