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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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