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Discipleship coursework AO1 Explain what a study of St.Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship Mark's Gospel shows several examples of discipleship. A disciple is a follower of Jesus. Jesus callled twelve disciples to set an example for people to follow. Discipleship means being prepared to follow Jesus: this can involve suffering, rejection and death. The nature of discipleship is not being at a more priveleged position compared to others but it is one of a voluntary service towards others. In Mark's Gospel we are shown a true disciple has a number of qualities that are shown in the tasks they carry out as a disciple. Commitment is a key factor in the life of a disciple. It is important that they are able to commit themselves because discipleship demands full commitment. The people who Jesus callled followed him and dropped all there belongings and gave up there life to devote and commit themselves to being a follower. This is shown when Jesus callls the fishermen. Jesus said to them, 'Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.' ...read more.


Jesus says, 'Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all' (Mark 9:35) A study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians a lot about the nature of discipleship it is a service to Jesus. Just as Christianity a lot about the nature of discipleship it is a service to Jesus. Just as Christianity demands commitment and many Christians today are called to commit their whole lives to God a disciple must show the same qualities to be a follower of Jesus carrying the cross. St.Mark's Gospel tells us disciplkeship involves faith, commitment, trust, sacrifice and humility. 'If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever wants to lose his life for me and for the gospel will save it. Does a person gain anything if he wins the whole world but loses his life? Of course not.' (Mark 8:34-36) Suffering can be a part but the reward is eternal life. ...read more.


I don't agree to the statement because I believe that, going to church doesn't make you a christian, so I think its reasonableto say that not going to church doesn't make you not a christian either. However the bible does command us to go to church and fellowship with other believers. The bible speaks of God's great love for the church, they are HIS Churches, there to serve and bring glory to him in a lost world, and they arte the body of Christ. This is why it is good for a Christian to be a part of it. Some people don't think its necessary for a Christian to go to church, because 'you don't have to go to church to be a Christian'. Perhaps they have got the wrong message that being a christian is all about going to church, and doing these kind of religious things rather than simple trust in God through Jesus. I believe what is right is somewhere in between. From what scriptures say of the church, its good for you as a Christian to be part of a church. The Church is useful for so many things, mainly to give glory to God, and be part of a visible body of Christ. Jane Alaneme 10JS ...read more.

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