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Explain the meaning of discipleship.

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A disciple is someone who follows, believes and devotes themselves to a leader. This leader may belong to any art, thought, conduct or group. In the Christian belief a disciple is someone who adheres to the life, word and teachings of Jesus. They are also referred to as suffering servants. In today's world most people consider the word disciple to mean one of Christ's followers. They do not believe that there are disciples in the present age because they are referred to in the bible. It is my belief that modern day disciples are clerics, nuns, missionaries and all those who live their life in light of Jesus. Discipleship is one of many themes in Mark's gospel. It is very interesting; it focuses on the calling of men to follow Jesus. As you read through the whole of the gospel there is a feeling that the theme of discipleship moves through three main stages. First, the disciples don't understand who Jesus is or what he is teaching. An example of this is illustrated in the calming of the storm, they were afraid when Jesus calmed it. Jesus was angry at their lack of faith and so scolded them. After a time the disciples faith strengthened which shows they were dedicated. Secondly, there would be the disciples misunderstanding of Jesus' identity. ...read more.

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They were instructed that they were allowed no money, no extra tunic and that they had to rely on others' hospitality. They went out to preach the word of God and drive out demons. It was a tough life which required much courage and devotion. Not everyone commit himself to being a disciple, few are strong enough to give up their family and their money. There was a man who asked Jesus how he could get into heaven. Jesus told him to follow the commandments and he told him that he had. Then Jesus said you have to do three things "Sell what you have, give the money to the poor and follow me". The man walked away sad as he knewhe didn't have enough strength to be a true follower. Jesus asks us as disciples to go a bit farther and try our hardest to follow him. The rich man just couldn't give up his wealth. God's will isn't always what we wish it to be. In chapter 10 there is an occasion which underlines the qualities a disciple should have. When people were bringing their children to Jesus to be blessed the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he was angered and said to them "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another story which Jesus used to show the disciples the cost of discipleship, was the widow in the temple. As Jesus watched the rich men and woman put their money into the treasury a widow caught his eye. She put two coins into it, the equivalent to a penny. Jesus called his disciples and said to them "I tell you solemnly this poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury, for they have put in the money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on." It wasn't just money that Jesus wanted to give to the poor it was everyone's trust in God. The woman proved that she trusted God by giving him everything she owned and depending on him totally for her survival. The discipleship must initiate this trust and generosity in his own hope. We see that the demands of disciples are quite harsh. Jesus wanted them to commit fully to his beliefs and so reap the reward of their seat in heaven. After Jesus taught about the rich young man, Peter said "we have left everything to follow you" and Jesus responded with a message which reassured him, "no-one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life." Religion coursework Discipleship Paul Monan ...read more.

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