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Explain what a study of the Synoptic Gospels can tell Christians about the nature of Discipleship?

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Explain what a study of the Synoptic Gospels can tell Christians about the nature of Discipleship? The synoptic gospels not only tell Christians about the nature of Jesus, but the nature of discipleship. The word Synoptic means, "presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole". When relating it to the fact that it is a general view of the whole, the Synoptic Gospels show a view of Jesus' life though their eyes. They never disagree with anything he did, but were not always entirely sure if they understood the meanings of his teachings, this is why Jesus told Parables, so that his Disciples and anyone listening would be able to understand his teachings and apply them to their own lives. They did however, always show true faith as disciples, they believed and trusted in him. In the parable 'Jesus walks on water' (Matthew 14:22-33), Jesus demonstrates his powers as the Son of God, and Peter, one of his Disciples trusts him enough to walk on the water with him under his commandment. ...read more.

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. "Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake." As this says, no Disciple can be selfish, and nor can they have more than then truly need. Give to the needy what you can spare, and following the teachings of Jesus and those Disciples who have gone before you. A disciple need not be rich to do this. Giving what you can spare does not involve having plenty to spare, but the act of giving is enough. Like the poor widow in Mark 12:41-44, giving what she had, even thought she had so little. ...read more.

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Similarly, Discipleship today may involve simple things like playing music at church to aid prayer, anything that co-operates with the holy spirits work. Disciples must take steps of faith, trusting God's word. As Joshua demonstrated when he passed through the floodwaters in the river Jordan. Taking a step of faith, for the Lord. God uses his word, people and circumstances to mould us. Letting the spirit change your way of thinking, Discipleship involves changing those ungodly habits, and disciplining ones self to take on godly habits, as a Service to the lord. "God wants us to grow up. Like Christ in everything.' (Ephesians 4:15), and discipleship does this to a Christian. Disciples must repent just as Paul did in the bible. There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. Trouble and temptation are Gods disciplines, and you trust in god more when in a difficult situation. These teachings mean living in a very material and secular world. Whatever work must be done as a Disciple, it is known that whatever you give in this world, you will receive many times over in heaven. The nature of discipleship must be worth that? ...read more.

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