Personal response to Ephesians 4:1

The Unity of the Body

4: I urge you, then—I who am a prisoner because I serve the Lord: live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you.

In what ways do I already do this?

I give respect to my parents, friends and people who I can trust. I try to not judge, even though sometimes it just happens, I try not to. I try to live by the commands that Jesus set for us but sometimes it is very hard to make the right decision.

How can I do more to fulfil my calling as a follower and representative of Christ?

I don’t really attend Mass’ but I do go on special occasions like, Christmas and Easter. I think if I went more then I would have a different view on God and Jesus. I believe in evolution but I do believe that their once was a man called Jesus who was just a very nice, respectful guy who believed in doing the right thing.

Read each of the following references about the lives of some early Christian converts:

Lydia (Acts 16:23-39)

23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.

What qualities did these people have?

he is noble, brave, compassionate and he helps people.

Why were they admired by their fellow-Christians?

he goes from killing people to helping and caring for people who are slaves or unloved.

Tabitha (Acts 9:35-42)

35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

What qualities did these people have?

Tabitha was a believer in God, she was compassionate because she made clothes for the poor. Paul was caring and believed in doing the right thing

Why were they admired by their fellow-Christians?

Paul was admired by fellow Christian because he was spreading the word and good will of the lord, Tabitha was admired because she was very selfless. she knitted and sewed things for the poor, even though she herself was poor as well.

Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:1-3,24-26)

18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

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24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

What qualities did these people have?

They were strong believer in God and wanted everyone to know how glorious God was/is. Paul was caring because he decided to stay with the Jewish people and help them.

Why were they admired by their fellow-Christians?

Their fellow Christians admired them because Paul and Apollos had a strong faith, no mater what people said they could still spread the ‘right’ word of Jesus and God.

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