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Outline and examine Jesus' teaching in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship

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Outline and examine Jesus' teaching in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship The definition of discipleship is a follower or pupil and is a universal appeal in the 4th Gospel. Jesus said 'No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.' (John 3.5) This meant that to become a disciple you have to have the Holy Spirit as a part of your existence. Jesus also said that once you become a disciple and believe that he is the Son of God, you will not be judged on your sins, but you will be forgiven because Jesus died for you. Discipleship in the fourth gospel is essential about relationships between the Father and Jesus, and Jesus and the disciples. In the fourth gospel, individuals are called disciples; these disciples mentioned are Nicodemus (ch. 9), Lazarus (ch. 11), Martha and Mary (ch. 11), the Beloved Disciple (ch. 12 onwards), Mary, the Mother of Jesus (ch. 2, 18), Mary Magdalene (ch. 18, 19, 20), the lame man (ch. 5) and the blind man (ch. 9). In Jewish law, Jewish disciples could only really be men because to be 'pure' men had to have been circumcised and are them members ...read more.

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past life to become followers even if that means leaving any of your previous teachers, like in chapter 1 when Andrew and Simon Peter, left their previous teacher John the Baptist to follow and become a disciple of Jesus. It was necessary for the disciples to believe Jesus as being the Son of God. 'For God so loved the World, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.' (John 3.16). Disciples must always spread the truth about Jesus like the Samaritan woman by the well in ch. 4 v.39. They are also to follow Jesus even if that is too death, 'Take up the cross and follow me.' They must also worship sincerely, from the heart because if their worships are dishonest then God will know. Disciples should also e baptised so that they will have eternal life and take part in the Eucharist as the disciples did in chapters 3, 6 and 12Probably the hardest things, disciples are expected to cope with is the rejection of the world and still acting as servants to the world, like Jesus did to the disciple in the Last Supper when he washed the feet of his disciples. ...read more.

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Jesus told the Jews that by abiding just by these rules, then you would not get to heaven, because everyone is sinful and will not have eternal life. So in ch.3 v 17, the new route was through Jesus and those who believed in him came into a relationship with God because Jesus was going to die for them. The fifth is the offered knowledge of 'Truth', that everyone wants to know the meaning of life, Jesus says 'I AM the way, the truth and the life.' (John 14.6) If you continue in his word, and listen to me, you will know the truth and set you free. This means that you will see things and open your minds. Even Pilate asked Jesus when Jesus was on trial, 'And what is Truth?' (John 18.37). And lastly, the disciples can have unity with God, this is a prayer that Jesus says on behalf of the disciples. He goes through the problems that they will have to face and asks God to be with them and help them through their problems (John 17). ?? ?? ?? ?? R.S. Outline and examine Jesus' teachings in the 4th Gospel on the nature of Discipleship Millie Parsons 12S ...read more.

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