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Explain the meaning of discipleship for: The first disciples and Christians today

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Explain the meaning of discipleship for: The first disciples and Christians today For the first disciple, discipleship meant being a follower of Jesus. They followed Jesus' ways and teachings. In the Old Testament when a disciple was called they were expected to leave everything at once for Jesus. For many Christians today they consider discipleship to be a vocation, possibly to the priesthood. This means they have to take a vow of celibacy sometimes poverty and obedience. As Christians we also follow the ways and teachings of Jesus but not like the first disciples did. They felt an even greater importance for Jesus and they would drop everything at his first call. In the call of the four disciples, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and there he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake and Jesus said to them 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men' Immediately they left their nets and followed him. They went on until they came across James and John, sons of Zebedee. Jesus called them immediately and they too left and followed Jesus. Jesus also called a tax collector called Levi. He left his job to follow Jesus too. ...read more.


When James and John asked this they showed Jesus that they didn't understand the true meaning of discipleship. A disciple must have the attitude of a servant. They thought it was about power and they had the idea of the messiah as a conquering king and them the victorious warriors of the messiah. Discipleship in Jesus' time also meant suffering, rejection and death. Jesus said 'if anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and follow me'. (Mark 8, 34-38). Jesus is saying what he expected of his disciples. The central issue here is 'renounce himself'. In modern times this can mean to give up something like food or cigarettes. Jesus is saying that his disciples can not always chose their responsibilities, just as he didn't want to die on the cross but he accepted it. Jesus is saying or maybe even warning that these responsibilities will not always be pleasant. 'For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.' Discipleships in today's world are sometimes face with danger or prosecution. Jesus is telling us even if we are in the face of danger do not deny our faith for anyone who sacrifices their life for ...read more.


He brought the word of god to people while risking his life doing so. He was shot dead saying mass on the 24th March 1980 Although El Salvador remains a country of injustice and misery, Oscar Romero's spirit of love lives on and his teachings remain. Father Maximilian Kolbe is another example of Christian self-sacrifice. Fr Kolbe was arrested for writing leaflets against the Nazis. On 31st July 1941 one prisoner escaped. As a punishment, and a warning to the other prisoners the authorities ordered that ten men should die. One of the men that was condemned was a Jew who was a father of ten children. As he was being led away Fr Kolbe begged the authorities to take him instead. They agreed and so Fr Kolbe was put in a cell where he was left without food for two weeks. After these two weeks he was very weak and so a doctor gave him a poisonous injection and he died. Mother Teresa was yet another example of a modern disciple. Mother Teresa totally dedicated her life to help the destitute and dying people of Calcutta. Her Christian faith inspired her to work in the slums. Since then 42,000 men, woman and children have been taken off the streets. Mother Teresa devoted her whole life to others. These modern day disciples are but true disciples and they shall always be remembered for their Christianity. Shauna Mullan 12B2 R.E coursework ...read more.

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