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Disciples are called on a vocation to serve God. To fulfil this vocation, disciples of Jesus are expected to sacrifice their lives and lifestyles to become one with Jesus and follow in his footsteps.

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A1 Coursework The word vocation means to call. Discipleship means followers of Jesus. Disciples are called on a vocation to serve God. To fulfil this vocation, disciples of Jesus are expected to sacrifice their lives and lifestyles to become one with Jesus and follow in his footsteps. The main task of becoming a disciple is to learn the teachings of Jesus and to preach them to non-believers. Christians are the disciples of Jesus today and then carry out certain duties for Jesus in everyday life. Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me' (Mk 8:34). Lay people are members of the church who are not ordained but are baptised; this makes them full members of the Catholic Church. ...read more.

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Jesus wanted his disciples to sacrifice their own wants and desires. This is to give them a clear mind and a path to allow them to build upon and dedicate their lives fully to God. To renounce self requires lots of qualities such as trust, faith, obedience and loyalty. When the process of renouncing self is completed then disciples are able to show and give love to both God and others. When calling the first disciples, Jesus told them to, 'Come after me,' and 'at once they left their nets and followed him.' Leaving family, security and possessions behind, they followed Jesus. This gives an example of what Jesus' intentions and expectations of the disciples were. We can take examples of renounce self from modern day life. ...read more.

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The vocation of carrying the cross can be carried out in every day life, for example- organ donors. They sacrifice something that they may need to give someone else life. Another example of this calling is Mother Theresa. By 'follow me' Jesus means that the disciples are supposed to carry out all the duties which he asked them to do. To follow him is to understand his life and try their best to present it to others. Jesus told the disciples to 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation' (Mk 16:14). Two examples of the calling 'follow me' in daily life: - working for charities - this spreads the good will and intentions to others. The second example is giving up for lent. This follows the path of Jesus after he fasted in the desert. ...read more.

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