The Meaning of Discipleship Essay

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The Meaning of Discipleship Discipleship revolves around following Jesus both physically and spiritually. Both the first disciples and Christians today are followers of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus would be expected to respond immediately to Jesus, love his neighbour, be willing to forgive sins, show generosity, accept persecution and live their lives using gospel values in everything they do and say. The first disciples of Jesus were expected to give up everything to be real followers of Jesus as this was illustrated in Mark's Gospel when Jesus called his first disciples. As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish…show more content…
Levi demonstrates true discipleship by also responding to Jesus' request by immediately following him even if he is to leave everything behind. Jesus was fully aware that his disciples were to find it difficult to give up everything without the thought of a reward and when Peter emphasised the point by telling Jesus, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus replied, "Yes"…"and I tell you that anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel, will receive much more in this present age. He will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and persecutions as well; and in the age to come he will receive eternal life. But many now who are first will be last, and many who now are last will be first." (Mark's Gospel - 10:29-31) This shows that Jesus' disciples will be rewarded eternal life for the good they create in the world. Jesus displayed more of what is meant to be a true disciple when he chose his twelve disciples. "I have chosen you to be with me," he told them. "I will also send you out to preach, and you will have authority to drive out demons." (Mark's Gospel - 3:14-15) The first disciples needed to have absolute faith in Jesus
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