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Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of Discipleship.

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Michele Dominique- 11A1 21/09/03 RS Coursework Discipleship- AO1 Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of Discipleship. Jesus, as we know him today, was a preacher, a teacher, a healer, and an exorcist. There are four main titles we can use to call him. Son of Man, he used this to describe himself, Son of God, Messiah, and Saviour/ Christ. He was a human being who was sent down to Earth from God to preach the Good News and grant eternal life to those who truly deserved it. In the process, he died for all of us. To help him with his "mission", he called out for disciples to follow him. The word disciple means" to learn." The disciples were ordinary people, Jesus chose four fishermen to be his loyal companions ready to suffer, be rejected, go to prison and possibly likely to die for him. These were: Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. Later on, he calls out to eight more men to follow him, making them twelve therefore representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Jesus told them about the cost of discipleship and also most importantly the reward at the end. The cost was that all these men were expected by Jesus to have certain qualities which would make them great disciples. He told them to be prepared to follow him no matter what, a disciple's nature should not be one of privilege or position but a humble and modest service with a strong faith and willingness as the most important keys. ...read more.

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It shows that you have faith and you'll survive through obedience and willingness. This, I believe is the true beauty of giving yourself away when accepting to be like Jesus. Being loyal, truthful, giving time and effort as much as possible into helping others less fortunate than ourselves. "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you'll have treasure in heaven, then come and follow me." (Mark 10- 21-22) For a disciple to be a true Christian, they must be like Christ; therefore, they must suffer, serve, and sacrifice. "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all." (Mark 10: 43-44) Another surprising aspect is that Jesus chose only ordinary people and sinners to be his disciples they don't have to be well-educated or clever, he only chooses those who are willing to follow and who he knows have the qualities of a true Christian disciple. The choice of his disciples shows that the Kingdom of God is open to anyone ; not just priests, teachers, and doctors. It shows that the people around that time didn't have to be perfect and sinless to inherit the Kingdom of God. When Jesus sent out his disciples, he always used to send them out in two's. Perhaps, for their own safety but it could also be that they would need a companion on their journeys. ...read more.

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The meaning of this reward is that, whatever you give up now to be with Jesus and to enter the Kingdom of God; you'll receive a hundred times better at a later stage- eternal life in heaven. In conclusion, and aspect which has made a big impression on me is at "The calling of the first disciples." The men respond almost immediately, without thinking, without knowing what they were in for, without complaint at the beginning when they learn what a disciple is and what they were to do. Another aspect is one which hasn't been mentioned above, this aspect will not be explained thoroughly in this coursework but it still has made a personal impact on me. It was the fact that, even though Jesus befriended women, he still didn't choose not even one to be one of his most loyal disciples. Some people say that, although he didn't choose them at first, he chose them later to be witnesses as disciples at his resurrection. Here we're talking about Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. These women were the first even to discover Jesus' resurrection and they were appointed by the angel to go and tell the good news to everyone who would listen and believe them. This has led me to believe that discipleship was actually equal and balanced in the eyes of Jesus. Both men and women played important parts in Jesus' life and his resurrection. ...read more.

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