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Explain the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples

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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.

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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.

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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.

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