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What is Discipleship?

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A disciple is someone who is a pupil and follower. A Christian disciple is somebody who follows Jesus and his teachings. Jesus needed disciplined people to help him to spread his word. The first disciples that were called were two fishermen named Simon and his brother Andrew who were both by the side of the shore of Lake Galilee catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them, ' "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." ' (Mk 1.17) Jesus meant that he would show his new found disciples how to attract people to their way of life and their beliefs. Jesus walked on further down the shore and saw two other brothers, James and John. These men were in their boat getting the nets ready but as soon as Jesus called them they left their father, Zebedee and went with Jesus. 'they left their father Zebedee in the boat the hired men and went with Jesus.' (Mk 1.20) Jesus went back again to the shore of Lake Galilee. He was then surrounded by a crowd whom he started to teach. Jesus eventually came across Levi, who was a tax collector, sitting in his office. ...read more.

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However, the father must have felt that his sons saw something important in being a missionary otherwise they would not have left as quickly as they did. We are only sure that out of all the early disciples Peter had a wife because in Mark's Gospel a mother-in-law is mentioned and so Peter would have left her behind. ' Simon' s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, ' (Mk 1.30) Jesus was willing to leave his family and so he would expect the same from his followers. Jesus was not being indifferent to family life he merely did not want the lives of the missionaries to be compromised. When his own family came looking for him he said; ' " Whoever does what God wants him to do is my brother, my sister, my mother." ' (Mk 3.35) Another very important sacrifice that the disciples were expected to make was to give up their possessions as these were seen, by Jesus, as unnecessary and take away from the true purpose of being a Christian. When Jesus sent out his disciples on their mission of faith he expected them to live a life of poverty. ' "Don't take anything with you on your journey except a stick- no bread, no beggar's bag, no money in your pockets. ...read more.

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First and foremost, the apostles were to preach to as many people as possible and therefore the Kingdom of God would grow. ' "Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to the whole human race." ' (Mk 16.15) Preaching is the component of the apostolic ministry in which truth is received by others. The disciples were to preach repentance. They were to spread the 'Good News' about the Kingdom of God, a new Kingdom which was to be based on such values as love,peace, justice and most of all equality. On top of this their overall goal was to tell people about how to enter God's Kingdom. They had to pass on the gift of faith to Jews, Gentiles (non-jews), believers and non-believers. The job of the disciples was to change these peoples ways of life, especially those who were sinners. Jesus clearly expressed that the disciples were not to force their views, opinions and ways on anybody. By doing this they would build up a reign of God on earth and so evil would be soon conquered. Jesus gave them the authority to drive out devils, the powers of exorcism. ' "Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons" ' (Mk 16.17) ?? ?? ?? ?? 5 ...read more.

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