• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE Religion Coursework - Discipleship Part A: Explain what a study of St. Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship. St. Mark's Gospel outlines and explains how to become a disciple of Christ, how to act and behave as one, what the costs and commitments are and what the reward is. The Gospel is not just for the followers of Christ, but also for anyone who is willing to listen. In the story of "The Call of the First Disciples", we see firstly that the disciples were not special or important people. They were simply fishermen. He asked sinners to follow him as well, for example, tax collectors. They were hated by society because they worked for the Romans and where looked upon as outcasts. This shows that Jesus was calling all people. These men did not know Jesus either, he was a stranger to them but they listened to him because something must have made them trust in him. Jesus expected all these men to have certain qualities like putting their self last in all things, being prepared to follow Jesus no matter what, a disciples nature should not be one of privilege or position but a humble service, a disciple should not be ...read more.

Middle

When we are told we should follow him, it means that we should travel down the same road as Jesus and suffer the many trials of being a disciple. We are told about the rewards of discipleship and the strange reward they receive for their suffering. "I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or their family for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age, and in the age to come - eternal life". Jesus says this to the disciples after he tells them the story of the Rich Young Man. Part B: Explain how this teaching about discipleship might effect the life of a Christian today. In the past Jesus called the disciples directly but now in the present he is not physically near us, so he cannot call us personally. Instead he calls us through our parents, teachers, priests and other people within our lives. Anyone who hears about Jesus is being called, if the person listens they can get baptised to show that they accepted the call. Your parents decided if you where to get baptised or not when you were born. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think it is possible to be a true disciple if one does as much as they can to help others and be a good Christian, even if it is only a small gesture it will still result in rewards and an entry into the Kingdom of God. Part C: "Children cannot be disciples so they cannot be Christians either." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you've considered more than one point of view. Babies born into Christian families are usually baptised within one to two months of being born. Since they are baptised and will be growing up within a Christian family, this encourages their faith at an early age. Some Christians would say that children at such a young age should not be baptised because they can't make the decision - the children should be adults before they can be baptised because by then they can decide for themselves. Adults may be too busy to get baptised and see it as unnecessary. God helped bring these children into the world, they should repay him by becoming a member of his family, in other words, get baptised. There is no evidence in the bible that suggests that children were refused baptism within the early church. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Discipleship section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Discipleship essays

  1. Religious Education: Coursework Essay on Discipleship

    their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had - she gave all she had to live on". Why would she do that? Because she wanted to suffer, she wanted to sacrifice all she had to show her care and dedication for the Lord, the church.

  2. What can marks gospel tell us about being a disciple?

    All of the above are high points of the different aspects of modern day discipleship. Eternal life, happiness and a faith Evaluation Consider a true disciple to be committed, dedicated, willing to help others and wanting to share in Jesus stuf A true disciple wouldn't have to be struggling, doubtful, and unhappy or in anyway negative.

  1. The Nature of Discipleship

    (Mark 12:30) " Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

  2. Explain what a study of St marks gospel can tell Christians about the nature ...

    Mother Teresa dedicated her life to helping the poor. She made vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She also made an extra vow - to give whole-hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa made regular prayer her and receiving the Blessed Sacrament her first priority.

  1. The disciples were ordinary people who Jesus ask to follow him it is strange ...

    Peter was very devoted and committed to Jesus and he always had a strong devotion to God. Peter made some mistakes but he always learnt from them and went back to Jesus to ask for forgiveness. When Jesus is explaining about the rewards of discipleship, Peter misunderstands and because of

  2. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT

    The first ever discipleship. ~ Laura Mackie AO2 1a) Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. (14 marks) Disciples of Jesus today try to continue to witness to the values of the Kingdom and practise their discipleship just like the first disciples.

  1. What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about what it means ...

    This means that you are never to be selfish and always put others first. This is said because Christ was brought here to be a suffering servant to all. We know this because when James and John requested to sit next to Jesus when he is on the thrown in

  2. Explain what a study of St. Marks Gospel can tell Christians about the nature ...

    Obviously Jesus was aware of these qualities and despite the weaknesses and flaws of the individual he was able to use the positive qualities. This was not just in relation to the apostles and represents all those who are disciples of Jesus.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work