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What is Discipleship?

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R.E Coursework - Discipleship Introduction: The word disciple comes from the Greek word "Mathétés". It means, one who learns. The twelve disciples were chosen to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. There are four lists given of the names of the disciples. In Mark's gospel the list is in Mk3: 16-19. In Mark and Matthew's gospel they both include Thaddeus but in Luke's gospel he has Judas Son of James nicknamed Thaddeus since the name Judas was hated by the early church. But at that time disciples were very common, everybody had them because in MK 2:18, we are told that the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting. All rabbis had disciples. They hoped to become rabbis themselves and thought that they'd get glory, wealth, honour and maybe even a place in heaven for leading a good life. What is unique to discipleship for Jesus is the type of people who followed him, the values needed to be a true disciple, how he called them to follow him and what they were charged to do. The calling of the Disciples: Jesus called the lowest people in Jewish society, fishermen and tax collectors, etc. The way he called them was extraordinary. Because being a fisherman and owning your own boat like Simon and Andrew would have been a well enough paid job and would have been a good enough life. ...read more.


* For authenticity; the evidence of two disciples can be trusted more than one. Things that they were not allowed to take were; * Bread, as they should trust God to provide for them. * A bag, because this could be used to collect money or carry food. * Money in their belts. It was usual to carry small change in a belt. * Two tunics. This could mean they were not to take a robe and a cloak, (A cloak was necessary to spend nights in the open air) or it could mean they were not to carry a spare inner garment. "Take nothing on your journey except a staff - no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic." (MK6: 8-9) The 12 Disciples: The 12 disciples were chosen by Jesus, and he chose fishermen, tax collectors and Zealots. This brought him into disrepute from chief priests and the Jewish high council. They didn't really mind him going around saying that he was preaching the word of god, but they did mind the fact that he mixed with what they called sinners and that he was preaching the word with them and giving it a bad name. The disciples are called to; a. Be with Jesus b. Preach c. Cast out demons Their names were; 1. Simon Peter 2. James 3. John 4. Andrew 5. Phillip 6. ...read more.


Maximilian Kolbe is a great example of modern day disciple because he took up his cross in order to help others and was ready and willing to die so that the life of another could be spared. He once said; "Every man has an aim in life. For most men it is to return home to their wives and families, or to their mothers. For my part, I give my life for the good of all men." Also, a Polish bishop later wrote: "The life and death of this man can be proof and witness of the fact that the love of god can overcome the greatest hatred, the greatest injustice, even death itself." Maximilian Kolbe was a great man, and a great disciple because he helped others and lived for the good of man. He also followed the words of Jesus and let them guide him through life. "Let him renounce himself, take up his cross & follow me."(MK 8:34-38) We see that Max Kolbe responded to this call in the way Jesus' disciples did. He took on the challenge and helped others and when they were in a time of need, he helped them through it. He also had the most important central value needed to be a true disciple... courage. He also gave up the most precious thing in the world to help another... his life. This is why Max Kolbe is a true disciple. ...read more.

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