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Coursework part 1: Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship

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Coursework part 1: Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship. You must use the text of mark to support and illustrate your answer. The nature of Discipleship in Mark's Gospel. In this essay, I am going to investigate the key ideas about discipleship from studying Mark's gospel. I shall use these texts to illustrate points of discipleship and explain a fuller meaning to them. Firstly, near the beginning of the Gospel, Mark shows how God will use his disciples and what their main role is: that God will use them as missionaries to call people to Christ. This is one of the main Christian vocations of preaching What I mean by all this is that God works through his disciples on earth and inspires them to lead others to Christ through missionary work, preaching, healing and many other Christian works and vocations. In all these vocations, the inspiration for the work they do will come from God- if it doesn't, it cannot work. My evidence for this teaching is in mark 1:17 where Jesus says ' I will teach you to catch people.' Another point is the immediacy and total commitment of discipleship. In mark, the disciples left immediately and followed Jesus on his mission. This show that anyone who wants to become a true disciple must make a 100% sacrifice of themselves and have a full commitment to Christ, prioritising him above everything else. ...read more.


Jesus speaks of the spreading of the 'good news' in great detail. Mark 16: 15-16 states 'He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.' This conveys the importance of the mission to preach. If they are not disciples, they shall be condemned, and if they never get the message and the chance to become a disciple, they shall still be condemned. The baptismal and preaching role of the disciples is essential to save souls. It is also clearly stated that disciples need help along the way throughout their mission. After Jesus' resurrection, he 'scolded them because they did not believe' (Mark 16:14). Jesus highlights the need for faith and understanding in the role of a disciple. They had been told for years about Jesus' resurrection, but had not believed and trusted in God. They need these gifts of the spirit to help them. They also need the spirit's gifts of fortitude and loyalty to stay by Jesus. Peter proves this in his denial of knowing Jesus. Jesus had said that ' when the shepherd is lost, the sheep are scattered.' (Mark 14: 27) This shows a disciple's total reliance on God and his providence to keep them focused on the mission and to keep them strong, therefore, God must be kept at the centre of their mission to give them strength they will always need. ...read more.


Another part of the gospel portrays discipleship as not only worthwhile, but as the only worthwhile thing. Mark's gospel implies that everything else is short term, and loosing your life is not worth whatever is gained by loosing it. Being a disciple is the only thing that brings eternal life, so should be the only thing a Christian peruses, for without it, you are poor and powerless. One place in Mark where this teaching is demonstrated is in mark 8:36-37: '"Do people gain anything if they win the whole world but loose their life/ of course not. There is nothing they can give to reclaim their lives." ' The last key point shown in Mark's Gospel about discipleship is that a disciple must be an imitation of Jesus. They are almost an extension of Jesus, spreading the word and healing and so on to spread Christianity further. They must also keep the key meaning of God's call- it is not forced. They were told in Mark 6:11 to 'shake the dust off their feet' when they leave a place where they are not accepted: this was a common Jewish practice when leaving Gentile territory. The free will involved in God's call was very important and they can only do so much to save a soul. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Marie Treloar 10 Campion R.E. coursework 1 ...read more.

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