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Explain the Meaning of Discipleship For the Early Disciples a Disciple Is a Follower of Jesus.

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EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF DISCIPLESHIP FOR THE EARLY DISCIPLES A disciple is a follower of Jesus. An apostle on the other hand, was one of the first twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to follow him. The kingdom of God is the realm of God, which is made up of love, truth, justice and peace. A disciple must follow Jesus' example, by trying to build up the kingdom through promoting these four qualities. The first disciples took Jesus' word very literally and were prepared to do anything for Jesus. COST OF DISCIPLESHIP For the first disciples, they took all of Jesus' teachings literally. ...read more.

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(Mk1: 17-18) Jesus expected them to give up everything for him; their homes, jobs, security and families. They had to "Deny themselves." These men did it unknown of what to expect, but they must have known that Jesus was so special and so unique, that he was worth doing anything for. Jesus told them to do this putting complete trust in God. "I tell you the truth, this poor woman has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on." ...read more.

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(Mk10: 17-27) If they gave up everything they had, they would have "treasures in heaven." "Jesus said, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.'" When Jesus made this statement, he meant that a disciple take up his own cross in life - all the suffering that will come with being a follower of Jesus. For the early disciples this would have included rejection, abuse, physical suffering and possibly death. Jesus accepted his own cross in life even though he didn't want it. It is thought that Peter took this literally, and was murdered upside down on a cross for his beliefs. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mary Mc Keague Paper 1C A01 RE Coursework ...read more.

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