• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

It is debated whether it is possible for Christians today to be true disciples.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A03 It is debated whether it is possible for Christians today to be true disciples. In order to investigate this, I must investigate the meaning of discipleship, and what it means for us in the modern world. If discipleship demanded perfection, it would be practically impossible, as nobody is perfect, and as humans, it is in our nature to make mistakes. As humans, I think that our will is too weak to resist temptation, and it is therefore impossible to be a complete saint. Keeping this in mind, some would ask whether it is possible to be a true disciple. However, I think that we must remember that the twelve disciples were not perfect. There were many occasions when the apostles failed to recognise Jesus' identity and denied him; when Peter denied knowing him, and when Judas betrayed him. But in order to be a disciple, we must try our best and never give up hope in God. It is argued whether in this modern world we can be a true disciple, but I believe it is still possible if one is fully committed to their faith, and is willing to sacrifice their time for God. ...read more.

Middle

But when it comes to Jesus' sayings, they are not to be taken literally. James and John had to deny their selves by leaving their father Zebedee when called by Jesus. Another example of true discipleship could be the Widow at the Treasury. She had little, but she put what she needed in. She made a true sacrifice by giving all she had to God. There are many people who dedicate their lives to doing well in today's community. I think that it must, therefore, be possible to be a true disciple, just by finding the time to do good, and by making an effort to help others in a position of weakness. It is my view that a true Christian disciple would take the form of regularly attending church, participating in the sacraments, reconciliation for example, and caring for others at all times. Helping others, charity, standing up for what is right, forgiving, seeking good in all, and happiness are all factors for being a Christian disciple. I think that perfection isn't necessary; nobody should try and live a "perfect" life. Everybody makes mistakes, it is part of life, but nothing in particular "qualifies" anybody to be a Christian disciple. ...read more.

Conclusion

We are not always called on to bear suffering, rejection and death in our discipleship, the main costs for everyday Christians would simply be lost time, but society today expects an immediate reward in return for our work, and discipleship may not offer an immediate reward. Many Christians today are not as determined, dedicated and committed enough to live out their discipleship. However, even with this in mind, thousands of Christians have died as martyrs for their faith. Many of them in the political struggles of South Africa, in the missionary work in Africa, and are still persecuted in many communist countries today. There are also many Christians who choose to live out their discipleship by helping others. They give up their lives to lessen the suffering of people less well off than ourselves, which I believe is the meaning of a true disciple. In conclusion, I would say that it is possible to be a true disciple in the modern day. Discipleship today is not the same as to what the first disciples had to follow, but the same principles are involved, love, faith, care, willingness, commitment. Understanding is vital too, and even though the first disciples didn't may have failed at some aspects of this, we can lean from their mistakes and understand and follow Jesus' teachings. ...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. Consider how the lives of the first Disciples, Peter, James and John have changed ...

    You could put this into practise by selling all of your wealth this is normal practise for nuns and priests. Giving money to the poor, this could be done as putting money into the collection box like the old poor widow did, this is an way of putting this message into practise.

  2. What is Discipleship?

    It's a number so big that it's almost an impossibility Though, even with all the commercialism and the materialistic views of this modern world, there are still people who can be true disciples. One example of this is Maximilian Kolbe.

  1. The meaning of discipleship today is very much the same as it was in ...

    and some parents may even give up their career to look after their child. Our parents bring us up to be responsible adults in the future, by teaching us moral standards and Christian beliefs. Teachers also do this, by giving up their lives to teach children.

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship for the first disciples and for ...

    The meaning of 'take up his cross' is referring to the fact that we all have a cross to bear, and should follow Jesus regardless of all distractions that may confront us. In Mark we are also told there are great rewards for embracing discipleship: "I tell you the truth,

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

    The family member, and Archbishop Kelly, both kept their faith, and Archbishop Kelly believes that this "test" has only made his faith stronger. These are the tests that really define the true nature of discipleship. The easy parts are not the parts that really make your faith stronger.

  2. In this essay I am going to find out about Jesus' disciples, how he ...

    But Jesus did not care what people thought, his reply was "it's not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. I have not come for the righteous, but sinners." This shows he believed that he came not only for the good but also the bad (everybody!), to help

  1. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    This shows that he did not have total faith in God that he would look after him. This also shows that the nature of discipleship is hard for those who are rich. But being rich does not mean that it is wrong and you should be poor but that you should not be attached and obsessive about material possessions.

  2. Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today

    The aim of the Commission was to show disciples that all had an individual mission, one that would continue Jesus' work. It would be unreasonable to expect a Christian to be able to carry out all of Jesus' suggestions so instead many disciples chose to pick a few of the

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