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Explain what a study of Marks gospel can tell us about the nature of discipleship

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COURSEWORK St Mark, peter interpreter, is trying to send a message to Christians about what being a disciple involves and what it takes to be a disciple i.e. The cost, The Reward and The dependency. These are all the things I will be pointing out in this essay, (especially the nature of discipleship and what Mark tells and about discipleship. Disciple means learner or student. Followers of Jesus are all his disciples because they are learning from his teachings, Mk10v13-14 "the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this he was angry and he said to his disciples, let the children come to me." This is an example of a disciple learning from his master. In the gospel the disciples were the twelve who traveled and worked with Jesus. In Jesus' time a disciple would live and travel with his teacher. "Peter's Declaration about Jesus." Mk8v27 "then Jesus and his disciple went away to the villages", Jesus and his disciples are traveling together, accompanying each other, just like john the Baptist and the Pharisees who also had disciples. Mk2v18 "on one occasions the followers of john the Baptist and the Pharisees". Many people think that "Apostles" and "Disciples" mean the same thing, but they don't because an apostle means "messenger, one sent out" "I will also send you out to preach"Mk3v14. They are sent out to tell sinners and gentiles to believe the good news. They are sending out a message about the Kingdom of God and the Good News. Another example of a messenger is Elijah who was a messenger for the Messiah. Jesus never once used "Messiah" in the Mark's gospel, because that would have changed his mission in the world in "Peter's ...read more.

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The high priest or any other religious leaders i.e. teachers of the law played a part in Jesus' journey as the suffering Messiah. If it wasn't for the Pharisees and teachers of the law callous ways, no other false accusations or evidence would have been brought against Jesus, they were his outside supporters. "The man with a paralysed hand". In Mk3v1-6 "some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong". This shows us how much they wanted to get rid of Jesus and the fact that they would do whatever it took to put him to death and waiting for him to do something wrong. In mk3v6 after Jesus had healed the man with the paralysed hand that's when they decided to make plans to kill Jesus, because he broke the Sabbath law by healing the man's hand. "Some members of Herod's party, and they made plans to kill Jesus". This proves that Jesus has done nothing wrong for him to be put to death and that the evidence will be planted on him to make him guilty Mk14v53-67 "Jesus before the council" The councils efforts to bring bad evidence against Jesus wasn't successful, including the lies since the substantiations was unreliable. They were contemptuous in their ways, because they knew what would happen to Jesus before it did Mk14v55 "Council tried to find some evidence against Jesus in order to put him to death". James and john, who were also the leaders of the disciple with peter, didn't know which type of Messiah Jesus is.Mk10v35-45. They did not see the translation between a true disciple and his Messiah with a victorious warrior and his triumphant king. ...read more.

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The needle is referring to the door way of Jerusalem. Jesus is telling Mark to be prepared to pay the cost of discipleship which is death perhaps suffering or persecution and the reward after depending on God and giving away all your materialistic goods is eternal life. Discipleship makes great demands in lifestyles and we must be prepared to face persecution. The true nature of is to seek out the true meaning of Messiah and his mission and to understand it fully. Although what Jesus asks of us as disciples is "forget self" others may find this hard because of families and friends, but what discipleship has taught us is to pay the cost because by doing this we will get a reward of eternal life and many more brothers. The word disciple is from Latin "discipulus". A disciple must be prepared to suffer, be rejected and go to prison. Jesus taught us the rewards received by believers, Mk10v1-12 the disciples have the privilege of becoming a child of God, depending on god and not on materials by doing this they will receive the gift of eternal life. The true nature of discipleship is having faith in God, being his friend; companion and follower also obey the commandment. To get the reward first you have to be prepare to receive the cost with believe and total faith in God. Mark is using the disciple's mistakes as a learning tool to show the Christians in Rome what to do, because they are his main audience these are the people he is writing for and showing them what a disciple does and what it consists of. ?? ?? ?? ?? Elizabeth Oluwajuwa Adeniran 28/11/04 Coursework. The True Nature Of Discipleship ...read more.

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