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What is meant by the term 'discipleship'?

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Carly Smart Re theology Discipleship essay 1a) what is meant by the term 'discipleship'? A disciple is someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another. A Disciple is a follower of John the Baptist, but principally a follower of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who believes his doctrine, rests on his sacrifice, imbibes his spirit, and imitates his example. In taking on these actions a person is showing discipleship. There are many demands of discipleship, Jesus asks his 'disciples to take up his cross' If a disciple does this they are agreeing to lead the same life as Jesus did and to suffer as he did. A Disciple should be prepared to give up everything to follow the lord. This does not mean literally give them up but to put everything second to the Lord. Disciples must be willing to do these things in order to gain the rewards of discipleship. To gain the rewards will not be easy for any disciple as just as Jesus warned them that they will be dragged before kings and governors for his sake. Which mean all disciples will be faced with persecution. The rewards of discipleship are as Jesus promised. If a disciple looses their life for Jesus or acknowledges Jesus despite danger they will be acknowledged in Heaven. ...read more.


In Lk 9:21-27 Jesus poses some probing questions to challenge the disciple's assumptions about what is most profitable and worthwhile. In every decision of life we are making ourselves a certain kind of person. But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. ...read more.


Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well. "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Jesus commands his disciples not be anxious about anything. Jesus uses the illustration of nature - the birds and the flowers - to show how God provides for them in the natural order of his creation. How much more can we, as his children, rely upon God's providential care. God knows our needs even before we ask and he gives generously to those who trust in him. These messages would have helped the original readers to see hard times as times where God would be with them and would help them no matter what they were facing and what their needs were. For as long as they believed in him and followed him they would gain the rewards. ...read more.

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