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Explain the meaning of Discipleship for Christians today

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Explain the meaning of Discipleship for Christians today "It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on Earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and the greatest of all shrubs." (Mark 4: 21-34). Indeed discipleship has changed dramatically over the years in some aspects but the core mission and value of discipleship still remains. We as Christians are still trying to learn from Jesus, live like Jesus and follow Jesus to the Kingdom of God. Although some of the demands are not as radical as they were for the first disciples, i.e. Martyrdom. There is still a small percentage of Christians who are as radical as the first disciples and have sacrificed their lives and families. As well as this many people are still imprisoned, tortured and killed for their beliefs, as they would have been in Jesus' time. The meaning of discipleship in terms of its values and characteristics today I think are still the same as in Jesus' time, Christians must love, put Jesus first, lead by example and show faith. ...read more.

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Throughout the child's whole life he is being nurtured by his family and Parish to come closer to God and become a disciple. This is done through prayer and receiving various sacraments. These indeed build the child up closer to God both mentally in faith and physically as he shows his true discipleship to others around him like Jesus. This growth in faith throughout a child's life is essential for him to become a true Christian and is a core value of discipleship. "Jesus looked at him with love and said, 'You need only one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven; and then come follow me." (Mark 10: 21). In order to become a true disciple it is essential to be generous. Generosity for me is a sign that the kingdom of God has touched somebody's heart. Generosity helps peoples bond and love of each other grow which is what Jesus' message is all about. Trocaire and Concern are modern day examples of generosity. ...read more.

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They sacrificed a normal life to serve God and all the people. Their service and sacrifice is a great sign of the discipleship. "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."(Mark 10: 39-41). The greatest reward for a Christian is of course heaven. If a person follows what Jesus sys he will receive this. There are of course though other rewards that disciples will receive. A parent for example after the great sacrifice of bringing up a child receives the child's love as a reward. In a way any good deed or discipleship shown will be rewarded even if you don't realise but God does. In conclusion, the modern disciple today has all the qualities that will create a great disciple but they are utilised differently to what they were in Jesus' time. I think that a true disciple today must possess all of the characteristics that I have shown above. If a person does possess these qualities then this person truly is living like Jesus and is showing us all what the meaning of discipleship is. ...read more.

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