•The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. (Isaiah 50:4c,5)
•For he has freed my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. (Psalm 116:8)
•What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (James 2:14)
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:35)
•What is a disciple?
•How do you become a disciple?
•The Church has been described as a community of disciples. Do you agree?
•What other models of Church are there?
It is evident that discipleship is a wide and flexible concept. For the Church as a whole to practice discipleship in its full range, there must be a variety of gifts and vocations. The Gospels present us with the images of Martha, Mary, Peter and John, contrasting pairs that have been interpreted by tradition as embodying the ideals of the active and contemplative life. But notwithstanding all this variety, there is a proportionately common element, the norm of which is given in Christ. All are held to self-abnegation, humble service, generosity towards the needy, and patience in adversity.11
Avery Cardinal Dulles, Models of Church
, Doubleday; New York, 2002, p. 205.
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