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

Outline and examine Jesus' teaching in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Outline and examine Jesus' teaching in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship The definition of discipleship is a follower or pupil and is a universal appeal in the 4th Gospel. Jesus said 'No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.' (John 3.5) This meant that to become a disciple you have to have the Holy Spirit as a part of your existence. Jesus also said that once you become a disciple and believe that he is the Son of God, you will not be judged on your sins, but you will be forgiven because Jesus died for you. Discipleship in the fourth gospel is essential about relationships between the Father and Jesus, and Jesus and the disciples. In the fourth gospel, individuals are called disciples; these disciples mentioned are Nicodemus (ch. 9), Lazarus (ch. 11), Martha and Mary (ch. 11), the Beloved Disciple (ch. 12 onwards), Mary, the Mother of Jesus (ch. 2, 18), Mary Magdalene (ch. 18, 19, 20), the lame man (ch. 5) and the blind man (ch. 9). In Jewish law, Jewish disciples could only really be men because to be 'pure' men had to have been circumcised and are them members ...read more.

Middle

past life to become followers even if that means leaving any of your previous teachers, like in chapter 1 when Andrew and Simon Peter, left their previous teacher John the Baptist to follow and become a disciple of Jesus. It was necessary for the disciples to believe Jesus as being the Son of God. 'For God so loved the World, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.' (John 3.16). Disciples must always spread the truth about Jesus like the Samaritan woman by the well in ch. 4 v.39. They are also to follow Jesus even if that is too death, 'Take up the cross and follow me.' They must also worship sincerely, from the heart because if their worships are dishonest then God will know. Disciples should also e baptised so that they will have eternal life and take part in the Eucharist as the disciples did in chapters 3, 6 and 12Probably the hardest things, disciples are expected to cope with is the rejection of the world and still acting as servants to the world, like Jesus did to the disciple in the Last Supper when he washed the feet of his disciples. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jesus told the Jews that by abiding just by these rules, then you would not get to heaven, because everyone is sinful and will not have eternal life. So in ch.3 v 17, the new route was through Jesus and those who believed in him came into a relationship with God because Jesus was going to die for them. The fifth is the offered knowledge of 'Truth', that everyone wants to know the meaning of life, Jesus says 'I AM the way, the truth and the life.' (John 14.6) If you continue in his word, and listen to me, you will know the truth and set you free. This means that you will see things and open your minds. Even Pilate asked Jesus when Jesus was on trial, 'And what is Truth?' (John 18.37). And lastly, the disciples can have unity with God, this is a prayer that Jesus says on behalf of the disciples. He goes through the problems that they will have to face and asks God to be with them and help them through their problems (John 17). ?? ?? ?? ?? R.S. Outline and examine Jesus' teachings in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship Millie Parsons 12S ...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 Christmas 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 Christmas essays

  1. "The prologue is the key which unlocks the meaning of the fourth gospel." Examine ...

    Smalley observed that 'the major themes and ideas of the work appear for the first time in brief and embryonic form.' Some scholars also believe it is an appropriate ending , it can either wrap up or introduce all the important themes, this idea was supported by Hoskyns and Davies.

  2. Explaining the nature of discipleship in Mark’s Gospel

    The story of the call of Jesus' first disciples contains a number of important points. * Jesus called them individually. His great power and charisma drew them to him. * Their response was immediate. They stopped what they were doing and, without discussion, followed him.

  1. Explain Jesus' teaching about the kingdom of god as presented in the Gospel of ...

    Baptism is a sign of the kingdom of God. When people are baptised, they are accepted into the catholic faith and are expected to make their contributions to create a kingdom of God. Everyone is welcome to the Christian faith showing a great tolerance for other faiths.

  2. Assess the nature of the kingdom as it is presented in Luke's gospel. Show ...

    This would be beginning of the creation of the New Israel. The disciples were sent out to proclaim the Kingdom (Luke9:1-2) 'He gave them power to drive out all demons and to cure diseases...sent them out to preach the kingdom of God'.

  1. Parables.Describe from Lukes Gospel, how Jesus presented his teachings through Parables.

    The teaching of Jesus' parables today inspires many Christians. Values such as love and forgiveness are expressed in those stores in spite of the fact that they are set in the everyday life two thousand years ago. The Good Samaritan The Two Great Commandments that are mentioned in this parable are to love God and to love your neighbour.

  2. The nature of discipleship in Mark's Gospel.

    Jesus showed them what they should do to rely upon God, at the feeding of the five thousand, the disciples first of all ask if they should buy bread but Jesus; took the bread (five loaves), looks up to heaven and gives thanks to God.

  1. Group interaction - Conversation is between 4 children from the playgroup and me.

    girl 2 and boy 1 you will go last now Boy 2: ooh Me: here are two black dots Girl 1: for the eyes Me: yes and yellow wool Girl 1: For the hair Me: what does yellow wool feel like?

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    But he says again that there will be persecution as well. And in the request of James and John 10:35, he warns that to follow Jesus involves suffering. They ask him; when you sit on your throne in your glorious kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one at your right and one at your left.

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