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Explain the meaning of discipleship.

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R.E Coursework I have been set a coursework based on Discipleship, where I will to cover all aspects of discipleship. A disciple is one who wishes to learn and to assist in spreading the teaching of another. Disciples are followers of Jesus. My definition of discipleship is believing in something or someone and then to preaching the word. St Marks Gospel can tell us almost everything about discipleship ranging from the cost and to the rewards of discipleship. Jesus chose twelve disciples to be with him so that he could prepare them to carry on his mission when he had left them. The fact that Jesus chose twelve disciples may be symbolic as in the Old Testament, Jacob one of the greatest patriarchs of the Jewish faith had twelve sons. The twelve disciples that were chosen were Matthew, Levi who was a corrupt tax collector, Simon the zealot (a murdering terrorist group who had killed many Romans), James and John (sons of Zebedee) who were quick tempered and impatient and lastly Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus to the Romans. The choosing of the twelve showed that the kingdom of God is open to everybody not just modern day brave or honest person. ...read more.

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He literally said to them, "come, follow me; I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). At that call they simply obeyed and followed Jesus at once, leaving their boat and nets. The dramatic response of these men to Jesus call is too hard for most people to understand. How could these fishermen take such a rash decision? There may be some that might speculate to suggest that Jesus must have had earlier meetings and discussions with them, which explains this dramatic response, but the gospel narratives about the call of the disciples do not say anything about this. What then prompted those fishermen to follow Jesus instantly, leaving everything behind? Of course 'the cost' and the 'response to the call' cam tell Christians about the nature of discipleship but people forget that their there's always a benefit which is the rewards. Jesus teaches that those who whole-heartedly decide to follow a Christian way of life will be rewarded many times over; the greatest reward will be in eternal life (heaven). To achieve the goal of eternal life you must follow Jesus and the guidelines in the bible. Jesus explained "Go, sell everything you have to the poor, and give to the poor and you will have treasured in heaven". ...read more.

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"Children can't be disciples so they can't be Christians either", different people may agree or disagree for many reason as it is their own opinion. The arguments for agreeing with the passage above are suggestions like you may need to be older to understand discipleship, you may need wisdom which is gained as you grow older, maybe hard to sacrifice everything like parents and may need to be companied by older people in certain things. Where as suggestions that may disagree are like they have a personal belief and faith, children can adapt and respond to their personal demands of discipleship, we need to respect their own choice, they start their journey of faith form baptism and if they feel you should put yourself through that then they can. The main arguments for each for and against are that they haven't fully learned the demands of discipleship and also they can make their own decisions. I personally believe that yes they haven't fully leaned the demands of discipleship the sacrifices needed and I also believe it's their own choice so I would say that once a child has become a teenager then yes he can be disciple as they have leant the demands of discipleship where as young they haven't. Haroon Iqbal ...read more.

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