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A Christian can indeed learn a lot about discipleship from studying St. Marks gospel. It occupies a central role and is mentioned over 250 times.

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A Christian can indeed learn a lot about discipleship from studying St. Mark's gospel. It occupies a central role and is mentioned over 250 times. We learn from Mark 2; 18 that all religious leaders had followers or disciples e.g. john the Baptist and the Pharisees. The difference between these religious leaders and Jesus' was Jesus went and called normal people like fishermen, woman or zealots or even tax-collectors who were often not accepted were as others would have often chosen rich men. We are told the first people to be called are two fishermen called Simon and Andrew (1:16-18) Jesus said to them 'come with me and I will teach you how to catch men' (1:17). ...read more.

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These two were called James and John (1:19-20) and they were sons of Zebedee. Jesus called them when they were preparing for their next fishing trip. Again they dropped everything and followed Jesus. When the fishermen were being called the term disciple was not used once and is not used until the calling of Matthew/Levi. Levi was the third disciple to be called. He is called Matthew/Levi because one of them is the Greek name and the other Hebrew. This is a good example of how Jesus called normal people as we are told Levi was a tax collector. We see the challenge of discipleship in Mark 10:17-31 the Rich Young Man. ...read more.

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From St. Marks Gospel e learn that to be a good Christian you must drop everything and follow Jesus. Keeping the commandments is not enough as we see in The Rich Young Man (10:17-31) you have to help others like Jesus helped us. We also learn from marks gospel about the cost of discipleship. When Jesus predicts his death we are told that a Christian must be prepared to undergo suffering. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (10:34) from this we learn that disciples will need to be prepared to suffer to be a good Christian. ?? ?? ?? ?? AO1 R.E. 24/05/2007 Ryan Farrelly Page 1 11G ...read more.

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