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The same holds true concerning a past leader’s method and message when trying to decide if and how to use the leader’s method and message in a later time and place. Discover and analyze Jesus’ ministry and message with the intent of learning what may be valuable for the Church today.To be a disciple today means to be part of the Body of Christ. While the word disciple cannot be found in Paul’s letters, the verb for discipling occurs often within the context of the local church (see Rom 16:17; Eph 4:20; Phil 4:9,11; 2 Tim 3:14).  To be part of the Body of Christ means to be radically transformed by the Spirit to do the work of the Church, with all other members of the Church, in the Church, and in Society. Your next exercise is to discuss how Jesus changed the world, and how you can do so today.Choose three of the following questions to respond to in your initial post, with at least one full paragraph for each answer.  As you interact with others, ask for clarification and “push” on their ideas for better understanding.What is discipleship? How do you see it in the Church today?Author Tim Stafford refers to the phrase “the medium is the message” to describe Jesus’ deliberate use of a small cadre of disciples as His way of saying to outsiders “you can join.” Is there a similar message heard from the Church today?The author says Jesus had the highest expectation of His followers. What are God’s expectations for the Church today? Why do you say this? How does the Church demonstrate its response to God’s expectations?The author says Jesus’ disciples “joined a new community, a renewed Israel, which God will use to transform the world” (p. 102). Believers today become members of the Church, the Body of Christ. Christians are new creatures in Christ who have been transformed and are being transformed by the Spirit of God. Internal transformation, real inner change, collaterally spills over into your world and into the world at large and brings change to both worlds. It is not hard to imagine that the prayers and work of transformed Christians resulted, at least in part, at the end of slavery in the United States in the 1860s. Because you are a new person in Christ, how is your world different?Consider too the radical lifestyle Jesus proclaimed in the Sermon on the Mount.  Stafford notes that He wanted His disciples to “conform to God’s deepest intentions” (p. 102).  It is important to recognize that God, indeed, has deep intentions for the Church. What are they?In terms of evangelism, Stafford notes “None of the Epistles say much about doing it. Paul never urges Christians to look for opportunities to share their faith.  Peter says Christians should be prepared to explain their faith if asked (1 Pet 3:15), but he doesn’t suggest any outreach” (p. 104).  Do you agree?  Explain your answer.  Yet, evangelism happened, as observed in the ever stretching boundaries of the early Church. Reconcile the two thoughts.Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided.  Quoting or paraphrasing from any source in discussion posts requires APA -7 format by including an in-text citation and listing the reference at the end of the post.