• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The meaning of discipleship.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The meaning of Discipleship - R.E. Kit Calcott-James "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" - Luke 16:10-11 The number of disciples Jesus chose to follow him is a significant number to the Palestinians, twelve was also the number of Jacob's sons, the heads of the tribes upon which the nation of Israel was established. Jesus may have had this in mind when he chose his followers. The first passage I have chosen to examine is 'Jesus calls four fishermen' (1: 16-20) In this passage Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee where he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. He called them saying, "Come with me and I will teach you to catch people." A little further on he saw the Sons of Zebedee, James and John, he called them also. ...read more.

Middle

The next extract, I have chosen is 'The Rich Young Man' (10: 17-31). In this extract Jesus was approached by a rich young man who asked him what he must do to receive eternal life. Jesus told him to follow the Ten Commandments and when it became evident that he did, Jesus told him to sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor and follow him. The young man left disheartened as he was very rich. This shows that not everybody could be disciples and highlights the qualities of selflessness and willing ness to follow Jesus and awareness that money and riches could separate them from God. The disciples were able to give up everything unlike the young man and we should learn that this is a part of the nature of being a disciple. In the following section, I will examine the cost of discipleship' (8: 34-38). Jesus had called a crowd to him and told them, "If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me [Jesus]." ...read more.

Conclusion

Just as he denied Jesus for the third time, a cock crew and Peter remember Jesus' prediction and he ran off and wept. Peter, understandably enough, has shown fear and a lack of courage. He has been disloyal and showed a lack of true friendship. This was a very hard time for Peter and he has failed but he remained the chief disciple. This shows that to follow Jesus you need not be perfect and though you may fail from time to time Jesus understands and forgives. Disciples don't have to be infallible. After analysis of the passage above I have come to the following conclusions about the nature of discipleship: disciples either today or in the time of Jesus need many qualities; most of all courage, commitment, faith, trust, willingness to leave everything, selflessness, and conviction to name but a few, however as Peter shows us sometimes we fail but this is alright, none of us are perfect and God doesn't expect us to be, so even if we do fall short, we can still be welcomed as a follower of Christ. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    Joseph of Aramathea asked to buy Jesus' body, being a member of an important council he broke the law of the Sabbath and risked his life by asking to do so from the man who had Jesus crucified. This was his calling.

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship for:- The first disciples - Christians today

    The disciples had to drive out evil spirits, Jesus taught them that they had to pray and also have faith to heal someone; an example of this was when the disciples could not heal the epileptic boy. Jesus said to them ' you faithless generation how much longer must I put up with you?'

  1. In this piece of coursework I will be writing about the meaning of discipleship ...

    It was mentally and physically demanding, they had to have a lot of faith so that they wouldn't be tempted to return back to there own lives and ways. Some of the problems the first disciples faced Christians face today.

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    He must also be prepared to deal with the society and bigoted views of others looking down on, and trying to hinder his work. In the same breath, Jesus adds to his previous words stating "What good is it for a man to gain the world but forfeit his soul.

  1. The Flame of Change.

    I could not bear to stare any longer. I had obtained 3rd degree scars on my back and neck, and 2nd degree burns on my arms and chest. But, after all this, it was a small price to pay for everything this world had to offer me. My life was being torn apart at this point.

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship.

    We see from this account that Jesus chooses ordinary people to be his disciples, they don't have to be well educated or clever, he only chooses those who are willing to follow and who he thinks will have the qualities of a true disciple.

  1. Discipleship - A disciple is a follower or adherent supporter of a leader or ...

    The Holy Spirit is given to a Christian at Baptism and in the Sacrament of Confirmation the ceremony of initiation into the Christian family is completed. In the ceremony of Confirmation, the faith that was avowed in baptism is renewed.

  2. 'Explain The Meaning Of Discipleship For The First Disciples And Christians Today'.

    He was a very non -judgemental person and we see this in who he chooses. Simon - to whom Jesus gave the name Peter (meaning the rock) Andrew - brother of Simon James - sons of Zebedee, they were brothers to who Jesus John gave the name the Boanerges, meaning 'Sons of Thunder.'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work