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A01 : Explain what a study of St. Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship

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A01 : Explain what a study of St. Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship A disciple is a follower of Jesus, he will help preach and teach the word of God. During my study of Marks gospel we read many positive identifications that Jesus has thousands of followers young and old both women and men. (C16:V30) "Jesus feeds the great crowd" / "Jesus feeds the five thousand" (C5:21-43) Jairus' daughter, The epileptic boy (C9:V14-29). Jesus did not judge his disciples and despite the traditions in his times he also gave women a valuable roles and children regardless what other people thought. "At once they left their nets and went with him" the disciples who were then ordinary people like you and i left their jobs,family and friends behind and followed Jesus. they were committed and had I faith for Jesus, as they had left their lives behind. " Come and I will take you to catch people" even though carrying out such a message of great consequence would normally be given to the obvious individuals he gave the job to common people like fisher men and tax-collectors. Jesus chooses fishermen because they were hard workers, independent thinkers and were ready for the unexpected. it made sense to chose fishermen but then to my dismay I read that he choose a tax collector called Levi. Tax collectors in those days were not liked as they were notorious for taking more than what they were allowed, and they were apparently continuously taking the law into their own hands. ...read more.

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The Pharisees/Teachers of the law disagreed with people working on the Sabbath, this made Jesus unpopular with the Teachers of the Law. After warning Jesus several times to stop breaking their laws the Pharisees stopped him and asked, "Why is it that your disciples do not follow the teachings handed down by our ancestors? but instead eat with ritually unclean hands?" Jesus had already received enough aggravation from the Pharisees, but this was all about he could handle. At this Jesus called the Pharisees "hypocrites!" and said "They teach human rules as if they were Gods laws" Jesus then explains "what makes a person unclean is what comes out of his heart!" for example "if you kill someone, commit adultery, commit slander this is what makes a person unclean". This shows Jesus was quite a loyal person toward his disciples. Jesus was setting an example for the apostles which was a good example, however the Pharisees thought different!! !This meant they were making easy targets for them selves.! Jesus had many examples to set his disciples and had many stories to tell in order to spread the word of god successfully. When Jesus is trying to tell the disciples stories about God and the Kingdom of God, and who can get into the K.O.G and who cant, we see where the disciples do not immediately apprehend the meaning of Jesus' stories and there fore he has to explain the stories in parables (Jesus explains the growing of the kingdom of god and explains ...read more.

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But the widow gave all she had. Jesus is basically telling the disciples the widow gave all she had 100% and so should they!!!!!! "If you own nothing it doesn't mean you are nothing" After analysing St Marks Gospel I can give an outline as to a disciples qualities. A disciple must be selfless, honest, hardworking, determined they must be able to take instructions and carry them out, they must be independent and a dependable person also as we read that the disciples lean on each other in many situations. On analysing this I also notes that the disciples all have childlike qualities. Children are innocent and pure and are quite easily lead astray because they know no better, the have an angelicness about them. In Today's world evil is all Around and like the disciples they must try not to get corrupted by the evil. The children could get abused or hurt by the evil. The disciples may loose faith in the message because of evil. Jesus states "let the children come to me and do not stop them because the K.O.G belongs to such as these" That explains itself, and everything Jesus is trying to tell his followers! THE NATURE OF A DISCIPLE A disciple must be selfless, honest, hardworking, determined they must be able to take Instructions and carry them out, they must be independent and a dependable person also as we read that the disciples lean on each other in many situations. A disciple a true disciple should not be burdened by Gods message and not burdened by their childlike qualities. ...read more.

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