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A disciple is 'one who wishes to follow and learn from another'

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Religion Coursework A disciple is 'one who wishes to follow and learn from another'. A disciple believes in and helps to spread the teachings of another. Jesus gathered disciples around him to help him with his mission. The number of disciples he chose, twelve, is significant. Jesus links the twelve disciples in the New Testament and the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. This is the connection between the Old and the New Covenants When Jesus called them, they instantly left everything to follow him. Well, Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John did anyway. The Rich Young Man could not take the final leap of faith. He had kept the Ten Commandments since he was young. All he needed to do was sell all his belongings, give the money to the poor and follow Jesus. But he was very rich and did not want have a great enough faith. Jesus told Levi (Matthew) to follow him and he did. ...read more.

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He explains to them the Parable of the Sower. He tells them that the sower sows God's message and the four different surfaces they land on represent the different ways in which people react to it. The seeds that land on the rocky ground are like people who receive the message gladly. However, the message of God does not sink in deep enough so whenever persecution comes because of the message they give it up instantly. Other people are like those sown in the good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit. Jesus' conversation with the Rich Young Man made them change their attitudes towards materialism and other people because Jesus said: "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Many who are last will be first, and the last first." Mark 10.24, 31 Jesus also taught them, through the Parable of the Mustard Seed, that the smallest seed can grow up to be the biggest plant and birds from all around will make their nests in its branches. ...read more.

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Peter denied knowing Jesus three times because he was afraid of what people would do to him. He deserted Jesus when he may have needed him the most. These tell us that the nature of discipleship is that they make mistakes like everyone else but never give up. In 'The Commission', Jesus reminds the disciples that they must carry on his work, continuing to spread the Good News. He told them to: "Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to the whole human race. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned." Mark 16.15-16 He went on to say believers would be given the power to perform miracles. He says they will not be harmed by poisons, will be able to speak in 'strange tongues' and will heal the sick. This sums up the nature of discipleship. They had to make huge sacrifices to join Jesus on his mission and had to be prepared to suffer and even die. In the end, even if they had not enough faith sometimes, they had it in the beginning and in the end. ...read more.

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