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Explain the meaning of Discipleship for the first Christiansand Christians today.

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Erin Shaw 11A Explain the meaning of Discipleship for the first Christians and Christians today. The word 'Disciple' means one who learns, but there are many differences between disciples today and disciples 2000 years ago. Jesus choose 12 disciples. This is very significant as 12 is the Jewish number of perfection. They were; Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew (Levi), Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Patriot and Judas Iscariot. Jesus called them to leave their homes, families and jobs to follow him. They were called to be companions to Jesus, to preach and drive out evil spirits. They were sent out with just "a stick - no bread, no beggars bag and no money in your pockets." They could, "wear sandals but not carry an extra shirt." Mk6:8-9. The Disciples came from many different occupations and backgrounds. James and John were fishermen. They left their father and their boats to follow Jesus. But not all the Disciples were 'model citizens' and none were senior members of the church. Among them were Matthew (Levi), a corrupt tax-collector, hated by many. Simon the patriot who was a Zealot, a terrorist who may have killed Romans in his fight to free the Jews, and last, but not least, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. ...read more.

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Mk12:30 " Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Mk10:14-15 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" Mk 8:34 "To leave self behind means to put oneself last in all things...discipleship involves a commitment that demands sacrifice..." (Robin Cooper) Humans, by our nature, our very weak and all of us will fail at some time in our lives. The nature of true discipleship is an immensely gruelling way to live so many would not choose this way of life unless there was some sort of reward at the end of it. Christians believe that this is eternal life with God in heaven. "There were great joys and great sorrows attached to being a Christian. Their treasure was in heaven, and they could look forward to everlasting life, even if the Romans could destroy them in large numbers." (Anne Burke) Although we are all destined to fail at some point this is not an excuse to just give up. ...read more.

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He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the day after one of his most famous speeches; "...it doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountain-top...I just want to do Gods will." Discrimination against Blacks is now confined to extremist minorities, and is also illegal. Oscar Romero was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of El Salvador. The people of El Salvador had been, and sadly still are, in a state of extreme poverty, caused by the fact that in Oscar Romero's Lifetime, 60% of El Salvador was owned by 14 families, that made up 2% of the population. They had a monopoly over the government, the police, the army, and the financial aid coming into the country. People who spoke up disappeared in the night, courtesy of the extreme right-wing death squads. Romero also spoke out, and he was assassinated in mass on 24th March 1980. His death brought the plight of El Salvador to the world. In this essay I have outlined the basic meanings and duties of Discipleship both today and in Jesus' time. I believe that for true Christians this has not changed but many receive a 'watered down' message and are not making the sacrifices that were demanded 200 years ago as today's society is too materialistic. Word Count:1616 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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