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Matthew 12: 22-32 The Pharisees call Jesus a devil…………….107 Chapter Twenty-Nine The risen Jesus…………………………….....…………………...110 Matthew 13: 24-50 Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven..112 Chapter Thirty


Jesus: source of life………………………………………………..114 Matthew 9; 18-26 Jesus has power over death…………………..116


Introduction: Volume II This book introduces you to ministry in the church


and the many aspects that make up ministry. commitment to service to others. It begins with the It continues on to deal with the


involvement of the people as members of a faith centered community. In the first five chapters of this volume you will begin to come to grips with the notion of building a faith community and the many challenges that lie ahead as you work together with the people to develop a living, dynamic faith community.


The next twenty chapters are devoted to the


“initiation sacraments” of the Church. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are fully developed for you. We come into the world needing to be touched by God’s grace. We need to be given a share in God’s life. Baptism and confirmation give us that new life. We become members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. After praying over these chapters you will come a deeper understanding of these sacrament of initiation. Finally, we take a in depth view of the sacrament of the Eucharist. This completes the Christian initiation. Those who have been risen to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. The last five chapters devote themselves to the person/God Jesus.


Scripture is cited in each chapter in the margin


headings. You should take the time to look these up and read them in light of the material being presented. Questions are provided for each chapter. You are asked to respond to the questions and begin to generate questions yourself. For years the Holy Scriptures have been studied and they continue to yield new ideas as we open ourselves to the holy Spirit. Complete your answers and email them to your faculty mentor. He/she will react to your responses and provide feedback in a timely manner. We hope you will find these materials to be challenging and rewarding as you start your studies. We ask for your feedback so that we can make these materials even better in the coming years. Enjoy your journey!


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