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In this essay I am going to find out about Jesus' disciples, how he choose them, who they were, what sacrifices and what a disciples job is, in addition to this whether it is possible to be a disciple in the modern day.

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Discipleship In this essay I am going to find out about Jesus' disciples, how he choose them, who they were, what sacrifices and what a disciples job is, in addition to this whether it is possible to be a disciple in the modern day. According to the Oxford Dictionary a disciple is a "follower of a leader/teacher. The first four disciples that Jesus choose were: Simon, Andrew, James and John. The story of Jesus picking them is in Mk 1: 14-20. " Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God "The time has come" he said, "The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news" "As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea, as they were fishermen. "Come follow me," Jesus said "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. " When he had gone a little farther, he saw James and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him." Another story that shows an example of Jesus appointing his disciples is shown in Mk 3 13:19. "Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve and designated them as apostles, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have the authority to drive out demons. ...read more.

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Here Jesus is trying to show the disciples that if they leave all their things special to them, they will receive it a hundred times more in heaven. It is clearly shown that Jesus expected a lot from his disciples. This is particularly shown in Mk 12:41-44 in this story a lot of rich men were giving large amounts of money to a collection, when a poor widow came along and add a very small donation of two copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny. After this Jesus said to his disciples " I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others, they all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on." This shows how he believed they should live without luxuries and give up all they had. This is also shown when he called the twelve, he said to them, " Take nothing for the journey except a staff- no bread, no bag, no money in your belt. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house stay there until you leave the town. And any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave as a testimony against then." The disciples then went out to preach that people should repent. They drove out demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. ...read more.

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The church encourages people to do this and help their community. We can also help within a wider community by looking after the environment so it is suitable for everybody to live in we could also promote our Christian views and beliefs. I don't think that I could decide one way or another whether I agree or not with statement, "it is not possible to be a true disciple in the modern world," because for each argument there is a large range, of reasons for why people do agree or disagree. Some people believe it is possible to be a modern day disciple and disagree with the statement. These people have to be fully committed and dedicated. It is especially hard for young people to be fully committed because of pee pressure, going to church isn't 'cool' or the 'in thing ' to do. Today everything is based on proof, if something hasn't been proved people tend not to believe it and since Religion is about faith, and faith cannot be proved, most scientific people do not believe in Jesus and his miracles. 30-50 years ago religion was a great priority in peoples lives. they had more faith and believed what they were told by their elders. Most people attended church regularly and it had a far greater influence on people's lives. If people could be so dedicated then why can't they be now? Why can't people be good disciples like they were years ago, and believe with out questioning. Samantha Brown 1 ...read more.

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