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The Cost of Discipleship

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25/01/2002 Prashanthini The Cost of Discipleship Jesus' mission was to spread the good news and the Word of God to the people. To achieve this, Jesus needed the help of a few men. The first thing Jesus did at the start of his mission was to choose men from among his followers to be disciples. A disciple is someone who in and helps to spread the teachings of another. It is someone who learns from a religious leader, and who wishes to live life according to the leader's wish and commands. In Mark's Gospel, the disciples are called apostles wherever Jesus sends them out on a mission of teaching and healing. ...read more.

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'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 son of Zebedee 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. (1:16-20) The story of the call of Jesus' first disciples contain a number of important points: * Jesus called them individually. His great power and charisma drew them to him. * Jesus told them that he would help them to be 'fishers of men'. They would bring people into the family of God. ...read more.

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These are the twelve appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Son of Thunder); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (3:12-19) After he had healed a man with a shriveled hand, the Pharisees and members of King Herod's party (the Herodians) began to plan how they might have Jesus executed (3:1-16). This led Jesus to go away for a while to the hills with a small band of followers. It was from among this land that Jesus chose his other disciples: * He chose them to be his close companions. * He sent them out to preach in his name. * He gave them the ability to drive out evil spirits. ...read more.

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