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The dictionary definition of disciple is 'one who believes in the teaching of another,' and in the text book 'Mark: A Gospel for Today' it states 'a disciple is a student or a follower.'

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AN ESSAY ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP The dictionary definition of disciple is 'one who believes in the teaching of another,' and in the text book 'Mark: A Gospel for Today' it states 'a disciple is a student or a follower.' Jesus had twelve apostles, meaning "messenger", and they will take Jesus' message to people of all nations. The number of disciples, twelve, corresponds to the number of tribes that founded Israel. The new Israel they are to establish will be Gods kingdom on Earth. Jesus' message, "the kingdom of God has arrived. You must change your hearts and minds and believe the good news," shows the kingdom of God is for everyone that repents. This is shown as the twelve disciples were formed from all walks of life; had flaws and were not free of sin and represented that Israel, organized into ...read more.

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Jesus said to Levi "follow me" and he did so. Later on Jesus was eating at Levis house with a large group of outcasts and the disciples. Some Pharisees saw and they were disgusted. "Why does he eat with such people?" they asked. Jesus replied, "People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts." The Pharisees believed Jesus was a good man; however he was eating with terrible sinners. As far as they were concerned tax collectors were rich and thus corrupt. The Pharisees couldn't understand why Jesus would eat with these people or make a tax collector one of his disciples. This proves Jesus wanted all walks of life because by eating with the outcasts he is inviting them to the messianic banquet. ...read more.

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The man kept Jewish Law strictly, however when asked by Jesus to give all of his money away he couldn't. This mans money stopped him from getting closer to God. He had made money, not God, the centre of his life. Jesus says "the first shall be last and the last first," showing the 'first' are the 'important' people in the world: the rich and powerful, and the 'last' are the 'least important' people in the world: people like the poor, the tax collectors, the sinners and 'bad characters' whom Jesus met. This also shows a disciple must have humility. According to Marks gospel the disciples reward from giving up "home, brothers or sisters, mother, father or children or land," was to receive "one hundred times as much," and "eternal life." Thus we can see that a disciple must have faith, obedience, humility, love, service, sacrifice and must have God as their priority in life. ...read more.

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