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Explain how this teaching on discipleship might affect the everyday lives of Christian believers today? All Christians are individuals and have free will given to them by God. Each Christian

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Religion coursework Explain how this teaching on discipleship might affect the everyday lives of Christian believers today? All Christians are individuals and have free will given to them by God. Each Christian will differ in the way they interpret Jesus' teaching. The way each Christians interprets Jesus' teaching will affect their lives and the way they live it in different ways, if they truly a Christian and therefore there will not be one big united group. Jesus' call "Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men." (Mark 1: 16-20) is responded today in many different ways by different Christians. There are still people today who are like the first disciples in that they give up things which literally makes a huge impact on their lives. They make massive sacrifices and give up many things and they also spread the word of God. Not everybody takes the call as literally and not everyone has their vocation like Simon and Andrew in 'The call of the disciples.' ...read more.

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They give up their abundance not from their surplus but still believe they can have luxuries in their life as long as they do not loose site of their faith, and whom they follow , "First I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange Gods before me."(The First Commandment) The mission of the twelve was a call to cast out demons. Obviously this doesn't apply to Christians today, they shouldn't become exorcists, for Christians today it means fighting evil. There are many forms of evil in our world today, such as prejudice, discrimination and injustice, Christians can fight these evils by joining in amnesty campaigns, or local groups e.g. The Breathru centre and community groups promoting integration. Some Christians see abortion as evil, Mother Teresa once said "Abortion is the greatest evil." Some Christians' lives are affected by campaigning against abortion. Jesus taught the disciples they had to be like children to inherit the Kingdom. ...read more.

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Homeless or the sick, giving them dignity; helping them to accept their illness, caring for the whole person as Jesus did. We are told in Marks Gospel that the disciples were Jesus' closest companions, disciples today also have to fulfil this role. This affects their lives in that they have to spend time talking to Jesus just as they would any friend. They have to follow his examples and develop a strong prayer life like Jesus "Jesus went off into the hills to pray." If disciples damage their relationship with Jesus they have to mend it as they would do to any other friendship, they have say sorry. For many Christians today this can mean attending the sacrament of reconciliation. Mark shows the disciples wavering in their faith at times in 'The Calming of the Storm and The Epileptic Boy.' Today disciples may find themselves questioning their faith especially in a world of arguing and where there is no evidence of a God. Discipleship means continuing despite this. Disciples must look for evidence of Gods Kingdom on earth and see the God in other people. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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