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Christology Unit 3: Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

Christology Unit 3: Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

Author: Jon McGurran
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Unit 3 Vocabulary




D1 Christ's Incarnation

1.) What does Jesus mean in Hebrew?
2.) What is Christ's hidden life?
3.) Why was the Blessed virgin Mary greatly troubled by the Archangel Gabriel's greeting?
4.) What is the climax of history?
5.) How did Caesar Augustus help fulfill the prophecy the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem?
6.) Who were the first two groups of people to see the infant Christ?
7.) How did St. Simeon foretell the crucifixion?
8.) What happened on December 28th?

D2 Christ's Hidden Life

1.) What was Jesus doing when his parents found him after he was missing on their Passover trip to Jerusalem?
2.) What is the Hidden life of Christ?
3.) How was Christ's relationship with his parents?
4.) According to CCC 531, what did Christ do during his hidden years?
5.) What is the example we learn from Christ during his hidden years?
6.) What were the three major sects (groups) of Judaism?
7.) How did Christ and the Essenes differ concerning contact with others7

D3 Baptism and Temptation in the desert.

1.) What are some examples of Christ fulfilling the Mosaic law?
2.) What event begins Christ's public life?
3.) What was the mission of St. John the Baptist?
4.) How is St. John's Baptism different than the baptism you receive in Church?
5.) What did Satan hope to gain by tempting Christ?
6.) What was Christ's first temptation?
7.) What was Christ's second temptation?
8.) What was Christ's third temptation?
9.) What were the three examples from the Old Testament of "Forty".

D4 Calling of the Apostles and the Healing ministry of Christ

1.) What does it mean to say the Apostles “were not to proclaim an idea but to witness to a Person”?
2.) What does it mean to say the evangelization of the Apostles “was to be no more than the proclamation of what they felt and an invitation to enter into the mystery of communion with Christ?
3.) In the mind of most Jews at the time of Christ, what was the relationship between sickness and sin?
4.) Why did physical healing and forgiveness of sin complement each other during Christ’s ministry?
5.) Why did many Jews accuse Christ of blasphemy?
6.) According to Christ, why did he heal the paralytic?
7.) If Christ has the power to forgive sins, what does this mean about him?
8.) What was scandalous about Christ’s behavior toward tax collectors?
9.) How do the two blind men contrast with the scribes and the Pharisees?
10.) According to Christ, is sin always the cause of sickness? Explain

D5 Christ's Parables

1.) What effect did Christ have on people? (reaction)
2.) How was Christ's method of teaching different from other rabbis?
3.) What is a parable?
4.) What is the point that the Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches about love of neighbor?
5.) How did Christ redefine "neighbor"?

Beatitude project

Christiology—Beatitude project

Now that you have read, researched, and become a master of your parable, I want to move on to another famous teaching of Jesus Christ: the Beatitudes.



  1. With the same partner you had for the parable project, read Matthew 5:1-12
  2. You need to briefly explain each Beatitude and modernize them.

                  -(5:3, 5:4, 5:5, 5:6, 5:7, 5:8, 5:9, 5:10)           

  1. Each group will be assigned one of the Beatitudes.
  2. You will need to create a poster promoting the message of your Beatitude
  3. You will need to create a imove/powerpoint explaining all the Beatitudes with special attention given to your specific Beatitude. Explain how we can live these Beatitudes.


The Imovie/Powerpoint will be judged on:

  • Effectiveness of presenting your Beatitude
  • Originality and creativity
  • Attractiveness
  • A minimum of 1 minute, a max of 2. Must include all relevant information.
  • If using a powerpoint, presentation must last 1-2 minutes.

Your poster must contain:

  • Headline clearly stating the Beatitude
  • Brief summary of key points/message of the Beatitude
  • Dominant image or collection of related images (can use computer or hand create)
  • Persuasive element that grabs the viewer’s attention
  • Minimal number of words

In addition to the Imovie/Powerpoint and poster, you will turn in a 1-2 page summary about your Beatitude (in your own words) as well as the modernizing of all 8 beatitudes.

The summary should include:

  • Explain each of the Beatitudes
  • Special attention given to your specific Beatitude
  • Explain how we can live out these Beatitudes in our daily lives.


You will have two class periods to complete.


D6 How to pray in the Kingdom

1.) How is the truth about man known and his life made morally good?
2.) How does one know God?
3.) What is the Kingdom of God?
4.) Why is prayer an essential part of being human?
5.) Did Christ pray?
6.) What prayer did Christ give his Apostles?
7.) What are the two divisions of the Lord’s Prayer? (3 parts, and 4 parts in each section)
8.) What is the meaning of the Transfiguration in relation to the Kingdom of God?
9.) How did St. Thomas Aquinas interpret the Transfiguration in light of the Blessed Trinity?

D7 Sermon on the Mount

1.) Why did Christ deliver this important teaching on a mount?
2.) What is the relationship between the Old (Moses) Law and the New Law?
3.) What are the three parts of the Sermon on the Mount?
4.) What is the meaning of the word "Beatitude"?
5.) What is the problem with the search for happiness through pleasure or power?
6.) Why did Christ say it is necessary to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
7.) What was the problem of the rich young man?

Study guide

**When I return we will present projects and do D7**



Unit 3: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

Mr. McGurran

Mrs. Seidel


  1. What is the incarnation, and what does it mean in the Christian life?


  1. How did Caesar Augustus fulfill the will of God?


  1. Why did Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?


  1. Why were the wise men sent to Bethlehem?


  1. Who are the Holy Innocents?


  1. How did Jesus, Mary and Joseph escape Harod’s plan?


  1. How could Jesus have gotten lost on the way home from Jerusalem?


  1. From the time he was twelve until he began his public ministry, we hear nothing about Jesus.  What can be learned from the hidden life of our Lord?


  1. How can we be certain that Jesus was a real person?


  1. What does the name Jesus mean?  How is this name appropriate?


  1. What was the primary mission of Christ?


  1. What was the mission of St, John the Baptist?


  1. Why did Jesus want to be baptized by John?


  1. What events show Christ’s obedience of the Law?


  1. What does the number 40 signify in Scripture?


  1. What were the three temptations of Christ?


  1. How does the Church remember these 40 days in the liturgical year?


  1. Who introduced Sts. John and Andrew to Jesus? What does Andrew do next?


  1. What did Jesus tell St. Peter upon meeting him> How did Jesus indicate the role that he had chosen for St. Peter?


  1. How did Christ call the Apostles? What words did he issue to each?


  1. What is significant about Christ choosing twelve apostles?


  1. Why did Christ give the Apostles authority?  (What was the purpose?) What was to happen to the authority when they died?


  1. In Mathew 16:17-19 Jesus changed Peter’s name, made a promise, and gave him a gift of authority.  Explain each of these and their significance.


  1. What precedence for the keys of the Kingdom is found in the Old Testament?


  1. What was to happen to St. Peter’s authority when he died?  How is his authority alive and exercised in the Church today?


  1. List two ways in which Christ shocked the Scribes and the Pharisees?


  1. What is a parable? Name a parable?


  1. Jesus told his followers to love their neighbors as themselves.  Who is our neighbor?


  1. What is the meaning of the transfiguration in relation to the Kingdom of God?


  1. How is God “Our Father”?


  1. What is the meaning of the word Beatitude?


  1. How do the Beatitudes lead to happiness?


  1. What should be the motive of a Christian’s actions?


  1. What are the three parts of the Sermon on the Mount?