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Discipleship for the first Disciples

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Discipleship for the first Disciples "Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." To the first the first disciples becoming a follower of Jesus meant going through metanoia, a change of life. This involved that the Twelve accepted a completely new perception of religion and God. They were required to disregard all their previous beliefs and accept the new ones that Jesus taught. As children growing up, the Twelve would have learnt that their God was a strict, stern God who rewarded the good with riches and punished sinners with ill health and poverty. To become a follower of Jesus the Twelve had to dispose of this perception and accept a new vision of God, one that said God was kind, loving and forgiving. The Twelve would have previously been taught about a rich, strong warrior-like messiah who would come to save them from the Romans. ...read more.

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and his brother Andrew. "Come follow me," Jesus said. At once they left their nets and followed him." (Mark, 1: 16-18) The sudden departure from the Twelve's jobs, security of life and families is echoed in each of the 'callings' in Mark's Gospel. This shows what being a follower of Jesus meant to the Twelve, it was more important than anything else in their lives-even more important than family. The Twelve also gave up good comfortable lives of reasonable wealth (Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen, and Levi was a tax collector.) to lead a life where they depended on the generosity and charity of others (Mark 6: 7-13). Upon becoming Jesus' disciples the Twelve were expected to also become Jesus' loyal companions. In his teaching Jesus wanted the Disciples to become teachers themselves so that they could assist him in his task to help spread and build the Kingdom of God. ...read more.

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Jesus and his disciples were persecuted by opposing religious denominations continuously and being a disciple of Jesus meant being prepared to be persecuted and accepting that you would be persecuted. In Mark 10: 28-30 Jesus sums up what discipleship is about, it is the way you live your life upon which God decides to grant you entry into Heaven. "Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life." All in all Discipleship for the first disciples meant; * going through total metanoia * accepting Jesus' teachings as a child * having full faith in Jesus and trusting him to keep them safe(Mark 4: 35-41) * putting others before yourself. By sticking to these you will gain the gift of eternal life with God in Heaven. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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