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What is Discipleship?

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Discipleship Joanne Lathan A disciple is a person who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a follower; the first twelve disciples picked by Jesus were called Apostles. These men were sent out by him to preach, teach people, heal and drive out demons. The number twelve was important because it represented the twelve tribes of Israel; this shows that Christianity was open to anybody, rich or poor, and accessible to people of different races. The Apostles were ordinary people; Simon, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. They all left their homes, families and jobs to follow Jesus. Jesus also chose a tax collector (Levi, a social outcast) and a Zealot (Simon, a freedom fighter) who would have disliked each other; there would have been disagreements and arguments. Jesus told them to " Come with me and I will teach you to catch men," (Mark 1:17) this meant that by following Jesus they would be united as one. The Apostles were committed to Jesus and they showed this by following him, leaving their families, living a hard and poor life. They followed his teachings while being persecuted, hunted, degraded and un-supported. They were hunted down many Christians were thrown to the lions and some Apostles were killed for their beliefs. Like St. Paul, an early Christian. He was crucified, for being a Christian. However he didn't feel worthy enough to die like Jesus. ...read more.

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These two Apostles still thought of the Messiah as a conquering King, and themselves as victorious warriors, not a peaceful teacher and servers. "Who ever wants to be first must place himself last of all and must be servant of all." This quote teaches the Apostles how to behave. Jesus taught that there would be no status attached with being an Apostle. They would have to learn how to suffer like Jesus, to be humble, kind, abandon all selfishness and greed if they were to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus tries to use children to teach the disciples about how they should act. (Mark 10:13-16) "I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." Jesus is trying to tell them that all are welcome in his Kingdom, and that they should all be as open, trusting in God, the simple and natural welcome for the Kingdom of God that a child has. This is unlike the Rich Man, (Mark 10:17-31) he couldn't open his heart to God and wouldn't give up his riches to follow Jesus. Being rich was making it harder for him to follow Jesus. Like in today's society he didn't want to live in poverty. This amazed the Apostles because Jews regarded wealth as a sign of Gods favour. This conflicted with their Jewish beliefs. ...read more.

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This helps them financially. Some people even give up their jobs, just like the apostles, to travel to third world countries or anywhere in the world and help the people there. Disciples today teach and preach by example, if they live a life like the church wants us to people can see how beneficial it could be. Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu are all modern-day disciples. They have all made a difference in our world. Martin Luther King Jr is also a modern day disciple who has changed the world in an extraordinary way. Martin Luther King was one of these people. Martin Luther King was an African American who campaigned for equal rights for blacks in America, he helped end legal segregation of blacks in the southern states and through out the united states, in the 1950's and 60's. Unusually he only used and promoted non-violent protest and tactics. Martin Luther King was a member of the Southern Christian Leader Conference were he rose to national importance. He was faced with terrible prejudice. He and his follower's were up against a very violent opposition. He was assassinated on April 4th 1968 by a snipers bullet when standing on a balcony of a motel by a man called James Earl Ray. He was only 39 years old. Martin Luther King battled racism prejudice and hatred so that black people could have equal opportunities and a better standard of life, he and his followers fought for dignity and freedom from oppression, that they had suffered for hundreds of years. 1 ...read more.

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