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The word disciple comes from the Latin word 'discipulus' meaning pupil or learner.

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Year 10 Coursework-Discipleship The word disciple comes from the Latin word 'discipulus' meaning pupil or learner. The dictionary defines the term 'disciple' to be a person who accepts the teachings and follows the examples of another. A disciple is someone who believes in and helps spread the teachings of another. It is someone who learns from a leader and someone who wants to live life according to the wishes and commands of the teacher. The disciples of Jesus were: James, son of Zebedee John, brother of James Philip Bartholomew Thomas who didn't believe Jesus had risen from the dead. James, son of Alphaes Simon Thaddeus and Judas Iscariot who later betrayed Jesus for money. The disciples were expected to give up everything they had to be real followers of Jesus as Mark tells us in his gospel: As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them 'Come with me and I will teach you to catch men.' At once they left their nets and went with him. He went a little further and saw two other brothers, James and John sons of Zebedee. ...read more.


Mother Teresa was a woman who devoted her life to those who were starving and disease-ridden. She became a symbol of hope amongst the hopeless. In 1993 she went to Edinburgh, there she found a man on the streets of Calcutta who was 'eaten up by worms'. She was a strong believer of Jesus and just as Jesus had worked and helped those who were seen as outcasts, she took him and looked after him. Before he died he said to her, 'I have lived like a dog, but I will die like an angel.' She cared passionately and gave her whole life to the service of God through serving those less fortunate than herself. Mother Teresa acted like Jesus had: she followed his teachings and examples to help those who needed it most. In doing this she proved to be a true disciple of Jesus. Other people in our modern day world such as doctors and nurses are like disciples as they care for the sick. There are also those who care for the elderly in nursing homes. My aunty who lives in Canada works in a hospital as a nurse, she also takes part in voluntary work for the disabled and for the homeless. ...read more.


If somebody uses their life to do what Jesus taught, like fight world hunger or poverty, they are doing good work and they are therefore a disciple. By using examples of modern day disciples I can see that it is possible. Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa both made immense sacrifices to become disciples of God. Martin Luther King devoted his life to stopping racism and gaining equality. Mother Teresa left her family, friends and her way of living to help people in need and those who suffered great poverty. Other examples of modern day disciples include Priests, Nuns, Bishops and the Pope. A true disciple is someone who compares to the original twelve, and the twelve were not perfect. If true disciple is someone who tries his or her best to be a good disciple then it is possible to be a true disciple in the modern world. In conclusion, I believe that although modern day disciples already exist I also believe that it is easier said than done. There is too much opposition and distraction. But there are people in the world today who have been able to and people who will be able to tackle these barriers and become true disciples of Jesus. If discipleship was impossible then we wouldn't be here today as Christians. 1 ...read more.

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