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As a tax collector Levi was a public enemy and the fact that he was called by Jesus shocked many people, Jesus intended his calling to teach the other disciples to overcome their prejudices about social outcasts and also to show us that sinners can repent. The calling stories all demonstrate one major quality involved in discipleship, that is sacrifice and the ability to leave everything behind. All these men left their jobs, families and friends to follow Jesus. It is important to notice that they don't question who this man was to what he intends to do, they just drop everything to follow him instinctively.
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"Come follow me", shouts Jesus, "and I will make you fishers of men." The fishermen immediately stop what they are doing and proceed to follow Jesus, wanting to see why this man has called them. This phrase has significance because it implies that what Jesus is to teach them is to be far more interesting than fishing for fish - he would teach them to fish for followers. The twelve men Jesus chose to be his followers seemed to be picked at random from the citizens of Palestine. Amongst the twelve there was a tax collector, who wouldn't have been very popular at the time of Jesus because they had a bad reputation of stealing from the collection boxes.
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Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." (MK 10: 14 - 16). As we move to the next stages of our life, from childhood into teenage years we gradually become more selfish and self-centred; and it is at this point in our lives that we can demonstrate our discipleship by motivating ourselves to help others; thought group activities.
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A prime example used to show that being a true disciple is not possible in this modern age is the Northern Ireland situation. They comment on how Christians are fighting with other Christians, and how it is impossible for victims of the 'Troubles' to be forgiving to the people who harmed them or killed their friends and family members.
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money or a favour! Furthermore, these people who believe that discipleship is not possible are of the opinion that there is too much emphasis on money e.g. you're not popular if you're not rich and you need money to be normal. Also they claim that people's main aim in life is to become rich and get money to buy luxuries - people don't have time to be disciples! They also claim that people are bullied into thinking that going to mass is stupid and that being religious is un-cool.
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He called them disciples. At the start of Jesus' vocation, he chose 12 disciples. This is very significant, because the 12 represents the 12 tribes of Israel and it is also the Jewish number of perfection. These 12 were not, as one may expect, "model citizens", or even senior men of the church, (Pharisees and Sadducees). Among their number, were Matthew, who was Levi, a corrupt tax collector, Simon the Zealot, a terrorist who had killed many Romans, James and John, sons of Zebedee, nicknamed Boanerges (Sons of thunder)
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Peter spoke up and said to him, "You are the Christ" (Mark 8:29-30) The meaning of discipleship for the first disciples was faith. As I have already pointed out the disciples sometimes failed to understand some concepts of Jesus' teachings but in time as long as they had strong faith would be able to comprehend them. If the disciples did have a lack of faith and in some cases did they wouldn't have been able to fulfil their potential, you cannot teach or preach the Word of God if you don't believe it.
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The first disciples were ordinary everyday people with the ame weaknesses as us today. This prooves that if it was possible for them to be a true disciple it is possible for us today.Jesus doesn't want his disciples to be large, strong and wealthy menhe lust wants us to have faith and believe in him. Jesus would not have given us this task if it was not possible.
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They all gave out their wealth, but she, out of her poverty gave everything she had to live on." This story conveys the point that the widow was prepared to give up her whole life belongings for God, and so should a true disciple. In the story the rich people only gave a fraction of their wealth therefore really they were sacrificing very little. Discipleship for the twelve disciples entailed many qualities e.g. service, commitment, sacrifice and faith in order for them to become true followers of Christ.
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“It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world.” Do you agree or disagree?
They give up their time and energy to helping others, which is a task every disciple should be able to do. Discipleship today is very difficult, but we do have a lot of things on our side. Miracles are still present and these should show us that Jesus is still with us and working for us. They should strengthen our faith. When we are faced with suffering, which as disciples we must endure, we should turn to our faith to guide us.
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Jesus' last instructions were the basic outline of what discipleship was and what was expected of them; they had to carry on the work of Jesus. Each disciple would have to be a literal: believing every word Jesus spoke. A first disciple was expected to serve others, have courage, and sacrifice many things. The disciples would serve their Lord God and Jesus by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, but also to serve and help others when in need.
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Both take three vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. As Jesus said, Discipleship is not easy, especially in today's world. Today there are many individuals who try to make a difference in the world. These people aim to live up to the idea of being a disciple, by trying to follow the footsteps of Jesus. Examples of this would be people who volunteer to work for a charity. They chose to sacrifice their time to help others in need. They do not need to do this but as they know they can make a difference by seeking to do well for others and usually succeeding.
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Any money thy receive goes straight to the community. These people devote their entire life to God thus answering the call. People today also try to do God's mission. Whether it is devoting their life to God or trying to raise a good Christian Family, people are constantly showing signs of discipleship. Single people show signs of discipleship when they choose not to have sexual intercourse until they are married.
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The same also occurred with the selection of the fifth disciple Levi who was later renamed Matthew. Jesus approaches Matthew in his tax collectors booth and says "follow me", Matthew then rises and follows Jesus. The selection of the disciples seems very strange as none of the disciples have ever met Jesus before, but all seem to trust Jesus and follow him. This shows that Jesus has some sort of authority over them as they follow him immediately. The disciples also show great sacrifice as they leave behind homes, families and possessions for a man they hardly knew.
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Judas fulfilled Jesuss prophecy on earth by betraying him, thus making this betrayal a necessary one, and one of gods plans.
Jesus moved a little way from the three men to pray, and twice He asked His Father to remove the cup of wrath He was about to drink, but each time He submitted to the Father?s will. He was ?exceedingly sorrowful unto death,? but God sent an angel from heaven to strengthen Him. After this, Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, arrived with a ?multitude? of soldiers, high priests, Pharisees, and servants to arrest Jesus.
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Explain how jesus is a role model for christian life (250 words) Jesus is a model for christian because he was sinless. He was born, lived and died a jew. Jesus taught eternal truth that lasts forever. He gave us principles to live by, and to master every area of our lives. He is an incredible positive role model. His messages and teachings are evident in all aspects of Christianity. These include Christian beliefs, behaviours and rituals.
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