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What is a 'A true disciple'?

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Discipleship A discipleship was a follower of Jesus who does the will of God and puts himself last in all things. Discipleship means being prepared to follow Jesus. It involves: suffering, rejection and death. A true disciple will be rewarded with eternal life. In choosing the twelve, they had a mission. They were asked to do three things: 1. To be with him. 2. Preach. 3. To drive out demons. Jesus chose disciples from all different races. They ranged from fishermen to tax collectors. The twelve had to sacrifice everything to be with him. They left behind their families, friends and personal belongings to follow Jesus. This showed how much admiration they had for him. Discipleship for the first disciples meant making sacrifices and taking up their cross. They had to give up their entire possessions and follow him. An example of a person giving up their possessions was 'The widow's mite'. In this story the widow had to give up all her money and put it in the poor box. ...read more.

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Even though Jesus was put to death on a cross, he accepted it although he did not make the decision. Jesus challenged the twelve disciples to do many things. He told them to go out and preach and to drive out demons, from many people who were sick. When the twelve disciples were following Jesus, he told them he would make them 'fishers of men'. They knew that Jesus wanted them to go out and get men and preach to them about the Good News and the Word of God. Jesus told the disciples that they would be rewarded in heaven with eternal life with Jesus. Jesus told them that if they left their families, in heaven they would get a new family. The twelve disciples had a lot of faith in God. They put everything in it to follow him. Because they had faith, some disciples were executed. Herod Agrippa executed Jesus the brother of John in the early days of the church. The early church tradition says that Peter and Paul were put to death in Rome. ...read more.

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Discipleship meant hardship for the twelve disciples. Jesus knew hardship because he knew he had to die for us because he predicted his death. Jesus said to them that they must lose their life if they want to gain eternal life. Some of Jesus' disciples were not true to him. Peter denied him three times, even though Jesus had done so much for him. Peter's real name was Simon. Jesus changed it because Peter means 'rock' and Jesus was going to build a church on a rock. Another disciple that doubted Jesus was Thomas. He doubted that Jesus was the Son of God but his beliefs changed when Jesus appeared to him. Discipleship for the first disciples meant carrying on Jesus' work after he died. The meaning of discipleship was making sacrifices and giving up everything they had to they had to follow him. The disciples had a lot of faith in Jesus, the also had a lot of commitment to him by listening to him and obeying him. Even though the had to overcome obstacles a disciples the knew that their reward would be eternal life with Jesus in heaven. Ronan O'Neill 12/A ...read more.

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