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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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Discipleship Explain what a study of St. Mark's gospel can tell Christians about the nature of Discipleship By Matthew Monaghan 11D In St. Mark's gospel, Mark focuses on the nature of Discipleship. He focuses on this theme because Christians were being persecuted in his time, in AD 70. They needed something to believe in, for they were losing faith. Mark told us in his gospel that Jesus led by example and told parables to us about how to live like disciples. For example in "the widow at the treasury" (Mark 12:41-4). Mark includes this story in his gospel because it shows how disciples should be generous and make sacrifices. Disciple means "follower" and as followers we should exhibit love and compassion such as Jesus did in "the feeding of the five thousand" and Jairus' daughter. The first disciples Jesus chose were Simon, Andrew, James and John. When he called them they left everything immediately and followed Jesus. This explains discipleship very well because a disciple is a follower of Christ. ...read more.

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Jesus led the disciples by example, such as 'the widow at the treasury.' We must make sacrifices for the well-being of others. We must exhibit love, compassion and generosity for these are the attributes of a considerate disciple. "This poor widow has put more in than all others" (Mark 12:44) This quotation is very relevant in Mark's gospel because the poor widow was living out Jesus' message; she was sacrificing all she had to live on while other rich men only gave a small fraction of their wealth. After a while the disciples of Jesus started to ask "why have we give up everything for this man and not received a reward." They had left everything to go and follow Jesus. In Mark 10:28-31 Jesus tells them that any follower that leaves everything for him will receive his sacrifice 100 fold, they will get eternal life in heaven and a feeling of doing something good for someone else. "You will receive that 100 fold in the age to come" (Mark 10:30) ...read more.

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Without faith there can be no miracle. Jesus told his disciples to go out into the world and if they have faith they can come to no harm "The one who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16-7) Mark uses this in his gospel because he may have believed that in the time of Jesus if you didn't have faith in him you would come to harm. But it may not have meant that no physical harm will come to you if you have faith but God will grant you a safe passage into heaven. To conclude, a study of St. Mark's gospel tells Christians that it is hard work to be like the disciples in Jesus' time but we can succeed to a certain extent: Mark teaches us to show love and compassion towards God and our fellow man, to have faith and to put others before ourselves. Also to practice generosity, stand up for our faith, never deny Jesus and be steadfast. "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you and love one another as I have loved you" I used this reference because it shows clearly how Christians nowadays should treat each other and how we treat God ...read more.

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