• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explain the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples The dictionary definition of a disciple is, "A person who professes to receive instructions from another; a person who follows or believes in the doctrine of another; a follower" (Collins Dictionary). In this case the disciples are following Jesus but people such as pop stars and other celebrities can also have disciples. The Gospel contains many stories that illustrate this point. The first of these I should mention is the Calling Stories. Jesus called the first of his disciples while they were mending their nets at the Lakeside (Mk 1:14-20), these disciples where Andrew, Simon, James and John. Jesus told Simon and Andrew that they were to be "fishers of men". This can be interpreted as, like a fisher fishes for fish, they too were sent out to "fish" for men to become followers of Jesus. The Calling of Levi (Mk 2:13-17) points out to us that even sinners and outcasts can become followers of Christ if that is what they truly want. ...read more.

Middle

They were not allowed to take anything on their journey except a staff. They couldn't take an extra tunic, bread, money or bag. If a family made them welcome, then they had to remain with that family until they left the area. However if they were not made welcome by a family, they were to shake the dust off their feet at the door, to show that they had no time for them, once they had turned their back on God. The conditions were made to ensure that the disciples paid complete attention to their mission and had no distractions. It may also aid the people to whom they are preaching by helping them to relate to the disciples better; therefore they would be more likely to listen to what they had to say. These conditions demonstrate the severity of the cost of discipleship. Discipleship involves leaving self behind and putting things in your life in the right order, the correct order is firstly Jesus, then others and lastly yourself. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is easy to make mistakes and the disciples were guilty of this. They demonstrated this is by arguing with each other over who was the greatest (Mk 9:30-37). This occurred just after Jesus explained to them that the Son of Man must suffer and die, they were obviously fighting over who was going to take Jesus' place when this happened. James and John took this one step further, they asked Jesus if they could be granted the places at his right and left side in heaven This was just like asking to be guaranteed a place in heaven without working for it. This led into Jesus explain the relation between service and greatness, "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be greatest must be servant of all." (Mk 11:43-44). In conclusion, the first disciples had a lot to learn and also a lot to teach. "Disciples are chosen by Jesus and must be willing to suffer and die for their faith as well as to engage in the missionary enterprise." (Glazier and Hellwig- Modern Catholic Encyclopaedia) ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Discipleship section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Discipleship essays

  1. Explain what Jesus taught his first followers about the meaning of discipleship.

    Jesus warned his first disciples that they may have to die for their faith in Mark 8vv34 - 9vv1 and many did go on to do so like Peter, James and Paul for example. Jesus tells his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.

  2. Disciples in christianity.

    I think it is possible to be a true disciple if one does as much as they can to help others and be a good Christian, even if it is only a small gesture it will still result in rewards and an entry into the Kingdom of God.

  1. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    But the Pope has suffered for his religion by being shot three times, but he has survived and did not want to punish the person who did it. He only said, "thank you," "thank you" and he prayed for the person that shot him, so that he would be forgiven.

  2. Consider how the lives of the first Disciples, Peter, James and John have changed ...

    a sacrifice to the will of God, you can put this into practise today by committing to God, this is called to a marriage or single life. This is telling us to use talents to the best of their ability.

  1. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    The first point which refutes this statement quite emphatically is directly from Jesus himself. In Marks Gospel Jesus tells us clearly that anyone who doesn't receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. 'The kingdom God belongs to such as these.

  2. In this piece of coursework I will be exploring discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. ...

    He questioned Jesus and said, "What must I do to inherit eternal life? " Jesus replied, "Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me. " The rich young man responded by walking away and refusing his call.

  1. The Calling of the Disciples

    They had nothing but a begging bag and sandals. They could only stay in the first place that they were welcomed and it was therefore essential that they had trust and faith in God. The Costs and Rewards of Discipleship According to 'Cost of Discipleship' in Mark's Gospel a person

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    She also went out and worked with Lepers etc. On a smaller scale, people still work on a more local level in communities. Examples of people nowadays being completely dependent on God are Nuns and Monks who give up everything and live in a nunnery.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work