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Explain how this teaching of discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. In Mark 8: 27-33 Jesus says: "If anyone would come after me, they must deny him and take up his cross and follow me

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These passages show how people responded to Jesus. We see how the apostles were in awe of him, how they wondered at what he could do and what he knew. We see Peter being so awed by Christ that he asked him to go away. Jesus, however, did not go away, and Peter followed him. Levi, who is often thought to be identical with Matthew, was a tax collector. This made him an outcast and a collaborator with the enemy. Jesus called him as a disciple. The message of these passages is that God can call whomever he wishes to be his disciple. Even if a person has been a sinner they can be called by Christ. All that matters is that the person called gives a positive response to Christ. This can also introduce to Christians the idea of vocation and our responsibility as Christians to follow it. A vocation is a calling to live a particular way of life. Everyone has their own particular vocation. ...read more.

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People who are able to do this must have a great amount of courage and a lot of support from the people around them. In Mark 6: 8-11 and Mark 10: 24-25 Jesus tells his disciples that they should go to someone for help if they needed it and that in comparison to what some other people would have to give up to enter the Kingdom of God- they were not being asked to give up things that would be very hard i.e. all their riches. So by studying just a few passages of Mark's Gospel we are able to learn a lot about the nature of discipleship. I found that as Christians we can see that the 'cost of discipleship' and the idea of vocation are the most important thing that a disciple has to consider. AO2 Explain how this teaching of discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. In Mark 8: 27-33 Jesus says: "If anyone would come after me, they must deny him and take up his cross and follow me." ...read more.

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However I also believe that the message has been 'watered down' over the past 2,000 years and many Christians today are not making the sacrifices that were demanded then. To become a disciple is to be committed totally and involves sacrifices. In today's world, people who become disciples of the Christian faith are asked to give up different things according to what form their discipleship may take. Just as Simon, Peter, James and John gave up their fishing and Levi his position as a tax collector, for some people today such as missionaries it has meant leaving their homes, family, friends and security behind to go out into a foreign country to serve God. In the Roman Catholic Church priests are required to remain celibate and ministers of other churches choose to be celibate, as it is believed that celibacy allows a person to become devoted fully to God. So we can see how Jesus' teachings about discipleships still affect Christians in today's world as we often refer to the bible for advise in how to live a good, Christian life. Therefore all the early teachings still have significance today and are important if we want to live our vocations as well as we can. ...read more.

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