• 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...


Antoine Murray Mark Gospel coursework 1. Explain the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples A disciple is someone who follows or learns from a teacher or master. The first disciples followed Jesus, their teacher. And involved having faith in their teacher. To have faith in Jesus would result in triumph in the Kingdom of God. The chosen twelve all came from diverse backgrounds, and learnt to set aside their differences. The disciples are always associated with Jesus, but people before him had followers, such as Plato in Ancient Greece. The first disciples were taught by Jesus about giving everyone a second chance for whatever they do, whether it is stealing a loaf of bread or committing adultery. Not only were the disciples told that everybody deserves a chance, they were preached forgiveness and to forgive as well, not to carry on bearing that grudge against them. The disciples learnt that they were not expected to show fearlessness or perfection but just trust, faith, self-sacrifice and self-rejection. This was made clear in The Cost of Discipleship when Jesus says that his followers must 'forget self and carry their cross'. ...read more.


Jesus had given this man the chance to be one of his disciples but he could not bring himself to sacrifice everything. The 'Request of James and John' shows complete misunderstanding and ignorance of the whole idea of Christianity. It shows the disciples are still learning. Jesus forgives them because he knows they are not perfect and have not quite yet clinched the concept of discipleship. Discipleship is not about being great and receiving the best service but to be the servant of others: 'If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest'. When the disciples attempt to free the boy of an evil spirit they fail, the crowd begin to argue with them, Jesus comes over to see what all the commotion is about and when he finds out the situation he drives out the evil spirit of the boy. The disciples ask Jesus why they could not drive out the spirit; Jeus explains it can only be done if they have faith. The disciples will not get things right first time because they are not perfect. ...read more.


Jesus was walking through cornfields with his disciples and they began to absentmindly pick the corn. The Pharisees immediately pounced on them and accused them of harvesting on the Sabbath. Jesus replied to the Pharisees and said that manmade laws can be broken by human needs, for example hunger. Jesus concluded with: 'The Sabbath was made for the good of man, not man made for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord, even of the Sabbath.' Again the disciples have been asked to break away from their way of life and what their parents have taught them. Jesus said that the man made laws were petty and benefits no one, which is not what the Sabbath is about, the disciples are told to disregard any petty man made laws if they conflict with God's law. Discipleship meant many things to the first twelve - at the beginning it meant the sacrifice of family and livelihoods and a step into the unknown but by the end it meant establishing a whole new religion and facing death. It meant having absolute faith and accepting suffering without complaint. It involved preaching, baptising and fighting evil spirits but most of all it meant following Jesus and copying his work. ...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. Religious Education: Coursework Essay on Discipleship

    Following this, one of the most important things Jesus says in Marks Gospel in my opinion is here, "Many who now are first will be last, and many who now are last will be first". What Jesus is saying is that regardless of the suffering, the torture, the lack of

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    Jesus wanted his disciples to live and die for what they believed in otherwise it would be as strong a commitment. If they weren't involved to the full 100% they were capable of then as far as Jesus was concerned, they weren't involved at all.

  1. Discipleship is usually thought of as following Jesus, being a preacher, teacher.

    disciples must suffer to do what Jesus has asked them to do. "If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me", Jesus said to his disciples. "Do people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their life?

  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 disciples were ordinary people who Jesus ask to follow him it is strange ...

    They were two sets of brothers and were all fishermen. Jesus said to them "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Mark 1:17) Immediately, they left their things and followed a man they hardly knew. This shows that they were willing to give up everything for someone who they knew they could trust.

  2. What is Discipleship?

    Thousands of people have suffered martyrdom for their faith and there are many unknown martyrs who have lost their lives for their faith in previous centuries. Oscar Romero was a Roman Catholic priest from South America and he was shot whilst celebrating mass.

  1. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    A disciple must follow the good examples Jesus set. For instance, before Jesus' trials and in the Garden of Gethsemane, he knew he was going to be crucified and die, but he just accepted his fate and didn't put up a fight. This sets an example that to be a good disciple we shouldn't try to save our life


    In the same way Jesus is stating that a person who wants to enter the Kingdom of God must first unload their preoccupation with worldly goods. It would be a lot harder for a richer person to do this because they have so much more things than a poorer person.

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