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Explain what a study of St Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship?

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A01 Explain what a study of St Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? (Authority and practices) The nature of discipleship Discipleship is a very important theme in Mark's Gospel. It is as very important for Christians today as it was for the first disciples of Jesus. True discipleship is not something that can be one in a half-hearted way. To Christians, it means giving all that they have in the service of God and of other people. This is clearly explained the story of the widow at the treasury.1 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciple to him, Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all out of wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything all she had to live on.' 1 = Mark 12: 41- 4 There are many different points to this story which are: * Jesus neither criticized nor praised the rich people who put large amounts of money onto the offering box, even though it was money they probably had to spare or just lying around. * The widow is praised because she gave more than anyone else to God. Her offering was very small, but it was all that she had. ...read more.

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Quite the opposite is true, as can be seen in words of Jesus in Mark 10: 28 - 31. Peter asked Jesus how he and the others disciples would be rewarded for following him. Peter said to him "We have left everything to follow you!" "I tell you the truth" jess replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mothers, or fathers or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields - and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life" Jesus teaches that those who whole heartily decide to follow Christian way of life will be rewarded many times over. Christians feel that, by following the example of Jesus, their lives are enriched. A close relationship with God, and the fellowship that can within Church community, are among the rewards of discipleship. But the greatest reward of all Christians is Jesus promise of eternal life. The mission to the modern world Preaching Jesus command that the good news be preached throughout the world has been taken up by many Christians. Some feel that they have vocation, that they have been called to spread the Christian faith as priests, ministers, nuns and monks. Others believe that they can serve Christ in their daily lives as laity, passing on the good news to those they meet. Missionary work Christian missionaries travel to teach about Jesus. ...read more.

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She once explained the work of the Missionaries of Charity: We want to bring the joy and love of God to the people. We want to bring them God himself, who give them this love through us. At the same time we loved God and show him out love by serving him in his people. We are not another organization of the Social Service; we have to be more, to give more - we have to give ourselves. AO3 'It is too difficult to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world' do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view. It is hard to be a very true disciple but it not impossible to be one either. The hard points of being a disciple are: * Lots of responsible * There is loads of money, drugs, etc in the world to be a true disciple to God and other people. * A person not believing in Jesus is here with us, so noone hardly believes that he lived. * There is too many celebrates making false Gods to everyone in the world. It is not possible to be a disciple but it would very hard to be a one because you would have give up your job and serve people and share the Good News about God to old people or very ill people, so u would have to be a priest or a nun to be a true disciple. Sophie Sears 10c R.E coursework 08/05/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

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