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

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Laura McNally Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today Discipleship is an important theme throughout Mark's Gospel. In his Gospel, Mark tells us about the apostles and what they had to give up and how they what they would be rewarded with. Although it is 2000 years since Jesus has walked on this earth, the qualities of discipleship still remain the same. You have to have willingness to answer the call, faith in Jesus, perseverance to not give up carrying out the will of Jesus, courage to be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel, piety and reverence to have respect for yourself and others. ...read more.

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The three main types of followers are a layperson, a religious person and an ordained minister. Lay people receive their call in Baptism which gives them the gift of faith. Confirmation strengthens that faith and gives the gifts of courage, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, right judgement, reverence and wonder & awe. These are the gifts we need to give witness to our faith. A lay person must be honest, hard-working, and generous to the poor, prayerful and one who worships with the believing community. Receive Religious people are ones who take the same vows as a layperson but also become chaste and live in poverty to depend on God for their needs. ...read more.

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Jean Donovan answered to the call of discipleship and decided to go to El Salvador to help the people suffering there. She was later kidnapped, abused and killed there with three other nuns at only just 27 years old. Her perseverance, courage and determination were truly remarkable. Although she knew that helping needy people was very dangerous, she carried on working there facing the threat of death everyday. Over all, I think that teaching of discipleship can affect the lives of Christians in many different ways, just like it did to Jean Donovan and many other laypeople as well as all the ordained ministers and religious people. Some people will give up their whole lives for the sake of the gospel and become disciples. This is ultimate sacrifice that disciples make on their journey following Jesus and the teachings of God. ...read more.

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