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What do we mean when we talk about discipleship?

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Discipleship What do we mean when we talk about discipleship? The word 'disciple' actually means 'follower' of someone or something, and is often the word used to describe Jesus' 12 main followers from the Gospels. But it can also be used more generally to mean any Christian. Jesus chose the twelve men who were to be his followers and helpers. They were ordinary people that had to be able to trust and do everything Jesus told them. In Marks gospel (8:34-38) it says, 'Then Jesus called the crowds and his disciples to him. "If anyone wants to come with me," he told them, "he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." By saying this Jesus told them that they had to stop being selfish and that they may have to accept death. Jesus chose 12 disciples. Jesus chose four fishermen to be his most loyal companions, Simon, Andrew, James and John. In the story the 'Call of the Disciples' (1:16-20) it says, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." In chapter 2 verses 13-20 Jesus chose a tax collector Levi (who was considered a sinner) to be one of his disciples and had dinner at his house when some Pharisee's saw this they asked the disciples ''why does he eat with these outcasts?'' ...read more.


The modern day discipleship vocation is about people dedicating their lives to others and there are many people who do this, for example, people in the priesthood. These people are required to turn their backs on their personal wishes and devote themselves to God, regardless of the cost. People who are able to do this must have a great amount of courage and a lot of support from the people around them. Thousands of people have suffered for there faith. Oscar Romero was a Roman Catholic priest from South America and he was shot whilst celebrating mass. He was very much an important figure in El Salvador and he felt that he had to speak out after his friend had been shot by a military firing squad. He inspired many people with his speeches and gave the people some hope. The mission of the 12 (6:7-13) is a passage that was always very important for the 12 disciples and it still has a place in the Christian religion. It remains as the mission of the church and many modern day disciples still go out to preach the gospel. There are Christian organisations, which carry the mission of the twelve disciples in a modern way. The parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) is very important for organisations like CAFOD and Christian Aid because they make it a priority in their modern day work that the hungry should have food and those who are naked should be clothed. ...read more.


Also society has changed and money is needed, some people cannot rely on charity alone as people are more materialistic and therefore unwilling to part with everything, they may not have enough faith though they still wish to go out and preach or heal. However some people may disagree with this statement. We see from nuns, monks, and priests that there are many people who are willing to give up all they have as the first disciples did. There are those who act as missionaries who preach and spread the word of God, and who care for the sick showing the qualities of a true disciple. These people give away all they have and depend on God, knowing he will help them in the long run. Then there are normal people who live everyday lives yet they can show that they are true disciples as they may risk their lives to save others. There are also other ways to be a disciple instead of going out and preaching as a priest or missionary. If a person leads a good and Christian life showing kindness and generosity to others they are preaching by showing people a great way to live and are therefore setting an example for others. I think it is possible to be a true disciple if one does as much as they can to help others and be a good Christian, even if it is only by doing small things, it will still result in rewards and an entry into the Kingdom of God. ...read more.

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