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Disciples in christianity.

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AO1 A disciple is a person who accepts the teachings of another whom she or he regards as a leader. But there is more to being a good disciple than this. By studying the Marks Gospel a Christian can learn what being a disciple is all about. Authority constantly mentioned throughout Marks gospel is extremely important. Disciples are entrusted with the authority to drive out evil just like Jesus. "Jesus sends his disciples out with authority to drive out evil spirits. They are to take a staff- but should not take bread, money, a bag or an extra coat." Authority, which has the ability to overcome evil, teaches Christians reading Mark that good is able to overcome evil. It shows Christians that by becoming a disciple you will be able to drive out evil and save yourself from sin. "Where they are made welcome, they are to stay in that place until they leave town. Where they are not welcome they are to shake the dust from their feet as a marker to others." By reading this in Mark, a Christian would realise that to become a disciple you would need to practice and preach the word of the lord. This quote proves that a good disciple practices the teachings and spreads them as well. I have shown two examples of what being a good disciple is about. These guidelines are very costly. ...read more.

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She showed the qualities of a true disciple by putting others needs before her own and living herself in poverty to save others, healing and preaching. She served others and was generous until she could do no more. It was only her ill health that stopped her doing so much and even then she took some time to help others. There are many others who also devote their lives to serving the poor and needy in third world countries, showing the qualities of the disciples by healing and spreading Gods message. I conclude many Christians would find it hard to follow all of Jesus teachings and become a 'true disciple. They may find it difficult to show all the qualities of a disciple, such as giving up all they have because they may have family responsibilities and it would be negligent to leave them or take things away from them. Also society has changed and money is needed, some people cannot rely on charity alone as people are more materialistic and so unwilling to part with everything, they may not have enough faith though they still wish to go out and preach or heal. Yet we see from people such as nuns, monks, and priests that there are many people who give up all they have as the first disciples did. There are those who act as missionaries who preach and spread the word of God, and who care for the sick showing the qualities of a true disciple. ...read more.

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Also society has changed and money is needed, some people cannot rely on charity alone as people are more materialistic and so unwilling to part with everything, they may not have enough faith though they still wish to go out and preach or heal. Yet we see from people such as nuns, monks, and priests that there are many people who give up all they have as the first disciples did. There are those who act as missionaries who preach and spread the word of God, and who care for the sick showing the qualities of a true disciple. These people give away all they have to depend on God knowing he will help them. Then there are normal people who live everyday lives yet their heroism shows they are true disciples as they may risk their lives to save others. There are also other ways to be a disciple instead of going out and preaching as a vicar or missionary. If a person leads a good and Christian life showing kindness and generosity to others they are preaching by example and what they do reflects on their children and others around them. I think it is possible to be a true disciple if one does as much as they can to help others and be a good Christian, even if it is only a small gesture it will still result in rewards and an entry into the Kingdom of God. ...read more.

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