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Nature of Discipleship.

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Nature of Discipleship What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? It means that you hear the call of Jesus in your life, and leave everything to follow Jesus. All of the first twelve disciples of Jesus put their trust in Jesus, showed compassion and love for him, and above all showed loyalty: '...at once they left their nets and went with him...' Jesus called his disciples to be '...fishers of men...' The nature of the calling involved many qualities. Among these were; faith/trust, service, sacrifice, loyalty, suffering and prayer. These qualities were needed so that the disciples could carry out the specific threefold task: to be companions of Jesus, to preach the gospel, and to drive out demons. ...read more.

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As companions of Jesus they were close to him and learnt from his example. Through the example of Jesus life, the disciples learnt that Jesus needed to pray in order to help and sustain him when the cost of his sacrifice was too difficult: '...he went out of the town to the town to a lonely place where he prayed...' Perhaps the greatest example of Jesus' praying was in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before his death. '...Jesus said to his disciples: "Sit here while I pray."' Through this they learnt that they too had to be like Jesus in this way. In the example of the raising to life of Jairus' daughter and the woman with the haemorrhage, we see Jesus treating the people with compassion and love: '...my daughter, your faith has made you well. ...read more.

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We also learn a lot from Jesus about how we should prepare for suffering as a cost of discipleship. An obvious example of this is Jesus' ultimate sacrifice of his own life, but throughout Marks gospel Jesus teaches: '...if you want to follow Christ you must be prepared to carry your own cross...' But also Jesus speaks of the rewards involved: '...anyone who leaves everything for Jesus and the Gospel, will receive a hundred times more in heaven and eternal life.' In conclusion, those to follow Jesus must prepare to endure hardships of suffering and sacrifice, must serve everyone with love and compassion, but will reap the rewards in heaven when they will receive eternal life and a hundred times everything they give up to follow the life of Christ. ...read more.

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