The Role and Mission of the early church
The church was to go and make disciples in all nations. Baptize them in the holy trinity and teach them all the things Jesus had taught the apostles. (Matthew 28:19-20) The church must also glorify Christ and build up the saints.
The Role and Mission of the church today
The mission and role of the church has and always will be to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and make disciples of all kinds of people. We are to serve as a community of worship and fellowship to manifest the presence and love of Jesus. To make mature believers and prepare them to perform works of ministry. Members are to represent the interests of the Kingdom of God in the world, and to influence our society with the ideals of the Lord. (Robbins)
The new Evangelization
The New Evangelization focuses on calling practicing Catholics to be evangelized and to evangelize others. It is meant to deepen our faith and proclaim the gospel. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization."
How is this relevant to the early church?
This is related to the evangelization of the early church because they are trying to bring people closer to God and make them new found disciples of Jesus. One of the most intended goals for the church and the new evangelization is to bring people closer to God and deepen their relationship with him. The early church was instructed to go out and spread God’s words helping those who are lost follow God’s path and the new evangelization is encouraging Catholics to be evangelized and to evangelize just like the early church of Christ.
Why are people drifting from the church?
There are many reasons why people are drifting from the church. Because the church is old fashioned and traditional it is hard for people of today's world to relate to its teachings and apply it to their lives. People have become distracted from the main focus which is God. Here are some of the major reasons why people aren't going to church and why they are separated from it.
The church does not support birth control methods, they follow the rhythm method which is women abstiendes from sexual intercourse when they are not ovulating. Many people use multiple types of birth control to avoid pregnancies and sexual diseases. The church does not believe in using birth control because they believe in saving sex for marriage.
The church is completely and utterly against abortion. They are prolife and encourage the baby to be born and given up for adoption over killing them.
The church does not support gay marriage or gays in general because it is a sin and only a man and women should be in a relationship.
Priests and Nunhood
Priests are not allowed to be married- the church loses potential priests because of this requirement. Nuns are not allowed to be married and must follow a vow of chastity. They loose potential nuns as well because of these requirements.
The church does not support premarital sex or having a child out of wedlock. The church does not support premarital sex or having a child out of wedlock. The church does not support living tiger without marriage.
How does this apply to us?
When it comes down to our hobbies and activities we enjoy, some of us may let it get to our heads. Boasting and gloating is one of the biggest sins we can commit. Jesus wants us to be humble and encouraging, always lifting the spirits of people around us. Lots of people forget to be kind even through competitive competition. It's important to exhibit sportsman like conduct always and do what Jesus would do to others. Everyone wants to be treated kindly so we must treat others the way we want to be treated.
Jesus loves us and only wants us to succeed. However, he wants us to work for what we want and earn it. This is why he places obstacles in our lives. We wants us to live and learn and pick and choose our battles. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. If he puts us to something he will get us through it always. He has a reason for everything and has a plan for all of us. God will always help us get to where he wants us to be as long as he let him guide us. We can't be selfish and do what we want if we want to succeed and be happy. He gives us oppurtunities to showcase our love for him through the things we love to do and how we choose to do them. In sports, we may have dreams to aspire to be the greatest pro player, but the only way we can get there is through hard work and dedication. There will be times were we feel strong but something knocks us down and the only person that will help us up and give us that strength is God. He blesses us with opportunities to make a dreams come true and we must appreciate all the good things and even the bad because they help us learn. The same thing applies to those who love to make music and help others. Jesus is the one who helps us do what he love. When he help others we are helping him.
We mustn't forget all he has done for us. The least we can do is glorify him in all that we do and say. After all, all he wants is the best for us and for us to become true believers and likenesses in the image of Him. He wants to shine through us to and show others that we are proud to be with him and that his family and brothers and sisters are united as one and he never leave each other behind just as he would never do to us.