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Explain the meaning of Discipleship for the First Disciples

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Explain the meaning of Discipleship for the First Disciples? "If anyone needs to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34) Discipleship was obviously very hard and trying for the first disciples and indeed they struggled to live up to it and in some cases misunderstood some of its concepts. For example, (Mark 8 31-33) The First Prophecy of the Passion. Peter totally misunderstood who Jesus was and what he was destined for. The first disciples had to take a lot in and sometimes it did get too much for them. Jesus though I feel had a lot of confidence in them from the moment he chooses them; he saw special gifts and talents in them. The disciples though were called by Jesus to lead by example, to love, spread the word of God and sacrifice all they had to the extent of dying. I will expand on these ideas and back it up using scripture. For me the most core value for the first disciples was FAITH. Peter spoke up and said to him, "You are the Christ" (Mark 8:29-30) ...read more.


This shows the lengths that Jesus would go to to get the message across. For me though the most ultimate sign of Jesus' love and compassion was when Jesus died on the cross for us. This is the greatest sacrifice possible and Jesus did it because he loves us so much. If anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him." (Mark 8:38) Being loyal for the first disciples didn't mean understanding Jesus but believing in what Jesus says in spite of the difficulties. In the story Jesus foretells his Death and Resurrection, Peter tried to remonstrate with Jesus, as he couldn't comprehend the meaning of what Jesus was saying. Peter here showed a lack of understanding that led him to a lack of loyalty, as he didn't believe in what Jesus said. This story again is another example of how the disciples learn. (Mark 8:34) "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me." There was no doubt that the disciples had to give a lot up to follow Jesus. ...read more.


"And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues." (Mark 16: 17-18). They were also asked to become fishers of men. "I will make you fish for people." (Mark 1: 16). To preach and baptise "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved." (Mark 16: 15-16). The first disciples had to become like little children. Jesus told the disciple that they had to possess the openness, the simplicity and the integrity of little children. "I tell you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Mark 10: 15). Jesus showed the disciples in his own life that prayer was essential in the life of the disciple. "They went to a place called Gethsemane and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here will I pray.' (Mark 14: 32). Jesus in general taught the disciples many important lessons in discipleship. The disciples did learn but many times struggled. The disciples were taught the meaning of discipleship through both events and conversations with Jesus. Although they struggled, they had a good heart, good intentions and a little faith. ...read more.

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