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Explain the meaning of discipleship.

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Discipleship A01 A disciple is a follower of someone or something. In the gospel this means to follow Jesus' example, to care and love for other people and never turn anyone away in any circumstance. Each generation has heroes or idols to follow and look up to. This was the same two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ was in demand for so many people. Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when he called the first four disciples. He saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing, "Come follow me", Jesus said "and I will make you fishers of men" Their response was immediate; they left their nets and followed him. He then came across James, son of Zebedee and his brother John, preparing their nets. He called them and without delay they left their father in the boat and followed Jesus. This shows that God's call to them was stronger than anything on earth. The 12 apostles Jesus chose were Peter, Andrew, James, John, Matthew, Bartholomew, Phillip, Thomas, Simon, Jude, James and Judas. His choices were unusual because they were simple, ordinary men with no particular rank or race. They were not holy, educated, rich or successful men and some of them had sinned, for example Matthew was a tax collector and Simon was a freedom fighter. ...read more.

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Jesus told them about the rewards of discipleship and how they would receive much more than they had given up and be blessed with eternal life. The disciples had weaknesses, for example Peter had a lack of faith in Jesus in the story of the calming of the storm, he also fell asleep in the Garden Of Gethsemane when Jesus asked him to keep watch and ran away when Jesus was arrested. Jesus was prepared to accept these weaknesses because they were true followers; they gave their lives for him. Matthew, Phillip and Jude were all Martyrs; they died for their faith. A02 Today discipleship is still present and people still follow Jesus. Some people view discipleship as vocation in life, they think of the vocation as how much they give, not get in return. There is still a lot of modern discipleship in the world today. There are many kinds of Christians. Some types are as willing to suffer and to give up their lives for their faith, as Jesus was; yet other types of Christians are not. Peter left his family, some people think this is irresponsible because the importance of family means a great deal to most Christians. ...read more.

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Secondly it suggests that being a disciple is the same as being a Christian and that you can't be one without being another. The definition of a disciple is a follower of someone or something but the definition of a Christian is different because it is someone who believes in Jesus. If you are a disciple then you are following the example of Christ. If you do not follow Jesus' example, this does not mean you do not believe in him so therefore can't be a Christian. It is possible therefore to be a Christian without being a disciple. Some people may support the quotation because Jesus was willing to sacrifice his life for us so we should do the same for him. They believe that if you are a Christian then you must be a disciple and follow him in the same way. In conclusion, I do not agree with the point expressed in this quote. This is because a lot of people show their love for Jesus and put others before themselves, but do not devote their whole lives to him because of other commitments such as their families. You can still be a Christian because you believe in Jesus. The difference is between believing and following. Eleanor Rutherford ...read more.

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