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Disciples in the New Testament are any followers of Jesus teaching The word meaning pupil or follower Discipleship is common among the ancient Jews a style of teaching and learning in which a Rabbi would attract disciples who would then study his teachings through lengthy discussion memorization and so on In contrast Jesus called his disciples to a personal lasting relationship of love with God and Jesus then sent his followers out to share in his mission of proclaiming the kingdom The kingdom which Jesus mentions is the Kingdom of God which is Jesus description of the rule or reign of God over the hearts of people The Kingdom is an ideal future but also a present reality that is communal in nature and implies a new relationship between God and people and among people themselves It therefore connotes the development of a new social order based on unconditional love The disciples are found in the following scriptures Matthew 102-4 Mark 316-19 and Luke 613-16 The twelve disciples are Andrew Simon Peter Bartholomew James John Judas Iscariot Matthew Thomas Philip Simon James and Paul Simon Peter was the first of the twelve apostles Peter was a fisherman by trade We knew he lived in Capernaum and that he was married First and second Peter are the only books of the New Testament that scholars are fairly certain Peter wrote Peter was brought to Christ by his brother Andrew Peters personality was impulsive and self- assured He is often found in a leadership role Peter demonstrates the faith when he preaches to the crowd on the day of Pentecost He was the first apostle to perform a miracle after Pentecost While in Rome Peter was imprisoned and then crucified The traditional interpretation that the Lords threefold question demanding a threefold profession of love is to correspond to Peters threefold denial is doubtlessly correct It will be the destiny of Peter to follow the Good Shepherd
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