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A disciple is defines as someone who listens and learns.

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A disciple is defines as someone who listens and learns. A disciple of Christ is someone who follows his teachings and the teachings of the church. To be a true disciple of Christ you must following him both spiritually and mentally. Disciples of Jesus is expected to follow the Ten Commandments, live without comfort or luxury, accept persecution with grace and tolerance and live their lives according to the gospel. All this is outlines in the parable of The Rich Young Man, mark's gospel 10- 21. This is where a rich young man asks Jesus what he should do to become a disciple Jesus tells him to sell all he has and give all his money to the poor. The first of Jesus' disciples were expected to drop everything to follow Christ. As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee he was two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them "come with me and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and went with him. ...read more.

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Jesus tells us more about what it means to be a disciple when he chose his 12 disciples. "I have chosen you to be with me" he told them "I will also send you out to preach, and you will have authority to drive out demons." Mark's gospel - 3:14 -15 The first disciples needed to have absolute faith in Jesus even though they might have been frightened. Mark shows how the disciples learnt to have faith in Jesus in his gospel 4: 40. One evening went out in a boat with Jesus to Cross Lake Galilee. Suddenly a strong wind blew up and waved began to spill into the boat. Jesus commanded that the wind "be quiet", and told the waves to "be still", the wind and the waves died down. Jesus then said to his disciples "why are you frightened? Have you still no faith?" This story shows how important it was for the first disciples to have faith in Jesus, and it also shows the power Jesus commanded over nature. Jesus wanted his disciples to take pride in their beliefs, Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. ...read more.

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"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. Everyone ate and had enough - there were about 4,00 people. Then the disciples took up 7 baskets full of pieces left over. (Marks' gospel 8:7-9) Here Jesus teaches the disciples the power of God and to share everything that have, even if they need it themselves. One of the main lessons the disciples have to learn is how to pray properly, as this was one of the main aspects of Jesus' existence. Jesus went to Gethsemane and said to his disciples "sit here while I pray". He took peter, James and john and said, "The sorrow in my heart is so great it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch." Jesus prayed that all God wishes be done. This was to teach the disciples that they had to base their lives around Jesus and prayer and religion. So we find that the meaning of discipleship is to learn and to become devoted to Jesus and the Christian Church. ...read more.

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