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Explain how the teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today.

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Michele Dominique- 11A1 29/09/03 RS Coursework Discipleship AO2 Explain how the teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. Being a disciple means being a follower of Jesus. When the meaning of "follower" is defined, it usually means that to enter the Kingdom of God you have to be fully prepared to do the following things: -deny yourself -take up the cross -follow Jesus A follower is one who does the will of God. A follower is one who puts himself last in all things. A follower must know suffering, rejection, and death are at stake and must be willing to accept these facts. They will be rewarded with eternal life in the future. The qualities of a follower must not be that of arrogance but tolerant and receptive to the views of others. They should be aware of the danger of obsessions and temptation such as wealth and power. So basically, a follower is there to imitate the life of Jesus as he is the one who taught all of the above; the followers have to take it in and copy what Jesus did. ...read more.

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Another is the apostolic work that you can take part in, such as cleaning the church a few times a month, or even be part of the Choir; by doing all of the above, you're being an active Christian disciple. Some further possible discipleship may be that you join a voluntary group: -help your community -spend time with the elderly/ disabled/ lonely/ sick/ prisoners -work in charity shops -volunteer as a helper in different countries -assistant to youth workers/agony aunt-uncle There are many more things that you can do to be a true Christian disciple. Later in life, you can push yourself even more as a Christian disciple and may become a Priest or a Sister/ Nun. There are life-long commitments which require making a lot of sacrifices and putting yourself last in all things. Your desires shall not rule above God's will. My school is run by religious Nuns. My headteacher, Sister Bernadette, gave up her life, and her wishes to pursue her hobbies/ start a career or family and have children in order to be a true disciple to God. ...read more.

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This relates to Priests and Nuns, they give everything they have to the poor, and lead a very plain lifestyle relying only on their faith. They also have to promise to take the vows of Chasity, Humility, and Obedience. These are needed if you want to become a true disciple, humility, service, and generosity. They have to learn how to depend on others such as Nuns/ Priests in the parish; they also have to learn from one another, they have to trust others to make decisions for them. A brief onlook at the life of a Saint: Mother Teresa Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. After spending her adolescence deeply involved in parish activities, Agnes left home in September 1928, for the Loreto Convent in Rathfarnam (Dublin), Ireland, where she was admitted as a postulant on October 12 and received the name of Teresa, after her patroness, St. Th�r�se of Lisieux. She spent almost all her life helping and curing the poor and sick. She was one of the most admired and respected people in history because of all the good she had done. She was made a Saint on 2o October 2003 by the Pope. ...read more.

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