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Ao1- What can a study of St. Mark's Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple?

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Ao1- What can a study of St. Mark's Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple? We can learn a lot from a study of Mark's gospel about what it means to be a disciple. Firstly what exactly is a disciple? A disciple is someone who follows Jesus in every way possible, someone who follows and is a disciplined learner. (A disciple is also one who has received initiation from a spiritual master and then follows the path shown by the master.) The people who Jesus chose to be disciples were fishermen and tax collectors. They required an immediate response, to become a disciple they had to give up everything, their family, all their possessions, and leave to follow Jesus. "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." ...read more.

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The people Jesus chose to become disciples were ordinary people. They had no special qualifications to become a disciple. He called them in the midst of their everyday life, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." Our call to discipleship is to follow Jesus in our daily lives. Many of the disciples failed many times, for example in the story of the epileptic boy they failed to cast a spirit out of a person, Jesus done so and told them that anything can be done if you believe. Another example of the disciples failing Jesus is the story of the calming of the storm, the disciples wake Jesus as the waves beat off the boat and the wind gusted strongly, Jesus told the wind and the rain to be still and silent. ...read more.

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This was too much for the rich young man as he valued wealth above discipleship. This is why many people today fail to live out discipleship in their everyday lives because they value other things higher, money, possessions or status. This proves that wealth can be an obstacle in obtaining discipleship. Jesus once said that you were to be like a little child if you are to enter the kingdom of God, "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." What this quote means is to enter the kingdom of God you must rely completely on God like a little child relies on their parents. You must be totally dependant on God. ...read more.

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