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Explain the meaning of discipleship for: The first Christians and Christians today.

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Explain the meaning of discipleship for: The first Christians and Christians today. The word disciple comes from the Latin word "discipulus". Translated into English, this means learner. We understand today that disciple means to be a follower of Jesus. A disciple is known to be a pupil or a follower of a teacher. The Calling of the Disciples took place on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. This was when Jesus met his Disciples and asked them whether they wanted to give up their lives to follow God's ways. He then re-named them. First of all, he chose five disciples, four of them on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. First he saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing. As stated in Mark 1:16-18, he said, " 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men'. And at once they left their nets and followed him." The fact that Jesus called Simon and Andrew is to show we Christians today, that anyone can be a follower of God, this is because they are portrayed as ordinary people, not special people. Simon and Andrew do not hesitate in their answer, they act immediately, which is the true discipleship spirit. A disciple should be prepared to give up their life for God when asked. This is stressed again when Jesus calls on Levi from the custom-house (Mark 2:13-14). ...read more.

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The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant when he taught them about the true meaning of discipleship in the Capernaum. He said that, "If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all." (Mark 9:35) And that is the true meaning of discipleship. The disciples still did not understand, and in numerous more occasions, Jesus tried to explain to them. In many ways, the disciples are seen to be the founders of the Christian Church. Mark portrays them as the first members of a new covenant with God. Even the name "Christian" was brought about because of the disciples, in Acts 11:26, it says, "Thus, a disciple of Christ Jesus is a Christian, for they are a follower of Christ." Even in the Christian Church today, a sermon, and even a becoming of a Christian is reflected on the disciples. In a sermon, the priest or minister of the service plays the actions of Jesus, and the congregation play the part of the disciples. The Eucharist is a time when the service re-enacts what happened at the Last Supper. In becoming a Christian, when people say their confession of faith, it reflects what happened when Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say I am?" ...read more.

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Charities today, for example: CAFOD, Christian Aid etc, re-enact the jobs of the disciples. They attempt to battle world hunger, to help the poor and to spread the Word of God to third world countries by making churches and supplying them with Bibles. This is a huge link to early Christianity, for by doing the jobs of the disciples, we are continuing to renew God's faith, and continuing to do the work of Jesus. Another way in which Christianity today is similar to the work and meaning of discipleship, is that Christians today are to keep arrogance and superiority away from Church. This is similar to the disciples, because to be a disciple took patience, love and obedience, so they had to tolerate other people's beliefs, and not patronize them or make themselves better than them. In conclusion, I have decided that the meaning of discipleship has not changed greatly at all. Even though nowadays we don't take our faith as far as early Christians and disciples did. Being a Christian today is similar to being a disciple of Jesus. We try to understand the meaning of faith and discipleship. Followers need to have faith, obedience, love, patience and determination to carry Jesus' cross. Christians try to continue doing the disciples' tasks by battling world hunger, poverty and war. But most of all, like the disciples, followers of Jesus must have nothing else but full commitment to Jesus, innocence to the word of God, and must follow the 10 commandments. ...read more.

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