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Discipleship is to be lived out in the context of the Christian community. As individuals we are called to follow Jesus, and the church community is also called to a life of discipleship

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Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. Discipleship is to be lived out in the context of the Christian community. As individuals we are called to follow Jesus, and the church community is also called to a life of discipleship. The experience of God through the Holy Spirit, prayer, Scripture and the church empower us and teaches us how to follow Christ. Like wise, as we follow Christ in our lives, we are brought into closer relationship with God. Today, Christians often hold charity work where we sacrifice our money, possessions and love to those that are not as fortunate. The New Testament understands discipleship as participation in Christ: in his ministry, in his death and in his resurrection. Those who share in his suffering will also share his glory... "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23 Christian organizations such as CAFOD, Christian aid and Tearfund raises money through donations, fund-raising and collections to work globally to relive poverty and problems in the Third World such as poor sanitation, education and healthcare. ...read more.

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Mother Teresa is a true example of discipleship as she chose to do the will of God over individual happiness and materialism. "Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them." Matthew 5:3 Another example of a true disciple of Jesus is Maximilian Kolbe. Father Kolbe's mission in the priesthood was to be a spiritual soldier. Through his work, teaching and prayer, he led a spiritual formation that would bring others to Jesus. However, when Second World War started, his priesthood mission was a target of hatred for the Germans and he was imprisoned for his faith and transferred to the concentration camps. During his time there, he would share his meager rations of food with those around him who were hungry. He would secretly hear confessions and hold Mass for others in the camp. His work, even under these terrible conditions, continued. He would comfort the prisoners, saying... "Hate is not creative. ...read more.

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Mark 10:45 For some, in Roman Catholic Church, this means taking a vow of Celibacy, for others entering religious orders, this means taking a vow of celibacy, poverty and obedience. They preach the gospels to their fellow children about the good news of God's kingdom and they live their lives based on love for God and for their neighbors. "If you have love for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples." John 13:35 Those who adopt the monastic life of renunciation are consecrated to God through poverty, chastity and obedience. They disallow themselves to be tied down by possessions so that they can seek deep intimacy and complete dedication to God and to his community. Children take on their own responsibilities during confirmation in order to renew their faith, to seal himself in his love, and to strengthen them for his service. Today, many Christians have disregarded the teachings about discipleship as our hectic and busy lives rule over us. This shouldn't be the case as the nature of discipleship should always be a part of our Christian lives and not fitted in whenever possible. ...read more.

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