DISCIPLESHIP AND LEADERSHIP:
- Jesus chose twelve followers, his disciples.
- He says that anyone who is to follow him must be prepared for suffering (see the request of James and John etc.)
- After he rose from the dead, Jesus gave his followers a commission to spread the Gospel.
- Christians believe that they are called to follow Jesus in the same Committed way.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
- A disciple is a learner, the twelve apostles were to learn from him and spread the Gospel after he returned to be with the Father.
- DISCIPLESHIP MEANS COMMITMENT, Christians believe in being committed to loving God and therefore ultimately loving their neighbour (See the two greatest commandments)
THE TWELVE DISCIPLES:
- Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee and saw the brothers Simon and Andrew casting a net (they were fishermen)
- "Come," he said, "and I will make you fishers of men"
- They left they're nets at once and followed him.
- After going a little farther, he saw the sons of Zebedee, James and John, preparing their nets.
- He called them and at once they left their father, Zebedee with the hired men.
There are a number of important points in this passage, Jesus' great power and charisma drew them to him. He also told them that they would help him bring people into the family of God by making them "fishers of men". Also Mark shows us that discipleship is everything when following the Christian way of life.
THE APPOINTING OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES
- Jesus went up a mountainside and called to him those apostles that he wanted.
- He appointed 12 to be with him, preach and have the authority to drive out demons.
- He appointed, Simon (Peter), James and John (sons of Zebedee), Andrew, Philip, Bartholemew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot) and Judas Iscariot (who betrayed him).
The meaning: In the Old Testament, Jacob (a great Jewish patriarch) had 12 sons. These sons were the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel, by choosing 12…