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Discipleship revolves around following Jesus both physically and spiritually. Both the first disciples and Christians today are followers of Jesus.

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Discipleship revolves around following Jesus both physically and spiritually. Both the first disciples and Christians today are followers of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus would be expected to do what and when Jesus asks, love his neighbour, be willing to forgive sins, show generosity, accept persecution and live their lives according to the Gospel. The first disciples of Jesus were expected to give up everything to be followers of Jesus as this was shown in Mark's Gospel when Jesus called his first disciples to follow him. As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." At once they left their nets and went with him. He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready. As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus. (Mark's Gospel - 1:16-20) This extract from the story of Gospel gives us an idea of the sacrifices the disciples were required go through to follow Jesus. ...read more.


Jesus had to feed a large crowd with only five loaves of bread and two fishes. The disciples helped to serve out the food after Jesus had given thanks for it. During this story the disciples asked Jesus, "Where in this desert can anyone find enough food to feed all these people?" "How much bread have you got?" Jesus asked. " Seven loaves," they answered. (Mark's Gospel - 8:4-5) ...Jesus gave thanks for these and told the disciples to distribute them too. Everybody ate and had enough - there were about 4,000 people. Then the disciples took up seven baskets full of pieces left over. (Mark's Gospel - 8:7-9) After everyone had enjoyed as much as they could eat there was plenty left to spare. The number of men fed was about four thousand. Jesus had taught the disciples of God's power and to share what they have even if they also required it. One of the main aspects of Jesus' life was prayer and the disciples had to learn how to pray like Jesus. Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples "Sit here while I pray"(Mark's Gospel - 14: 32). He took Peter, James and John with him and said, "The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. ...read more.


Lay people should use their talents to improve the world, to try and make the world peaceful and loving place. They have a duty to be aware of all the world's problems such as crime, prejudice and violence. Christians who take part in the Eucharist are sent to serve others at the end of mass. The priest says, "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord". We can serve others by donating our clothes to charity shops so that others will benefit. We can visit the lonely, offer shelter, feed the hungry, pray, provide love and comfort, in doing all of these things we are serving the Lord. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength"(Mark's Gospel - 12: 30-31). This is an extract from Mark's gospel in the passage of 'The Great Commandment'; it is what Jesus said to be the greatest commandment of all. Jesus explains this to mean that God is the only Lord we have so therefore we need to love him in the best way that we can. The second greatest commandment of them all is to "Love your neighbour as yourself"(Mark's Gospel - 12: 31). When Jesus was talking of these two great commandments he wanted us to realise that life does not revolve around ourselves it is about what we can do for others. ...read more.

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