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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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Ao1 - Explain what a study of St. Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship. Today's world is made up of millions of Christians all of whom are called disciples. They try to imitate God both in their words and their actions and follow in his footsteps. These people choose themselves if they want to be disciples. However the apostles where a selected group of twelve men handpicked by Jesus. They followed Jesus around preaching the word of God to the people, and he who believed the word of Jesus and of the apostles became a disciple. From Mark's gospel we can clearly see how Jesus called upon the first four apostles. As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, they were fishermen. He said to them, 'follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.' Immediately they followed him. Walking on a little further down the Sea of Galilee he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, he called them immediately and they left their father Zebedee in the boat, this shows Jesus' great powers. The word immediately is used twice in the story and it explains Jesus' magnetism towards people, it is so strong that the four of them left their jobs and there father in the boat to come and follow Jesus. ...read more.

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They had to be able to talk to people who wanted to listen. Jesus chose these apostles, as they would have been supportive and caring to each other because he felt that they were going to have some hard times ahead of them. They would have need to be good communicators as they were preaching the word of God. They had to be brave and courageous as many people would attack them, although the apostles had to forgive these people. The apostles would have to be trustworthy as Jesus gave them authority and special powers to cast out devils. As we read Mark's gospel we can see that there was a big risk in the apostles failing the tasks they were given. Peter had denied three times that he knew Jesus and Judas betrayed him. Jesus rose from the dead although Thomas refused to believe it, but the apostles had to try their best not to fail. The had to work hard to make sure that they would not fall into the hand's of evil as Jesus said, 'you will lose faith, for the scripture says I shall strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.' We can see that the apostles didn't fail as people all around the world have heard the Good News to this very day. ...read more.

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However this is not always the case as when the child is baptised the parents make all the decisions for the child and although the child is welcomed into God's family the child may grow up to be the opposite of a Christian. We can see this, as many children have no respect for their parents as the are deliberately defiant and stubborn even when it comes to simple things and doing what the are told. We can see that children can't be disciples as many children vandalise property and are responsible for most vandalism committed. Some children will want to get their own way and will do anything by annoying their parents and people around them, this also shows the selfish side of a child. Most bullying is committed by children and such physical and mental torment on another child has occurred in that child taking their own life. Surely this is not the work of a Christian. There are many reasons for and against why children can't be disciple so they can't be Christians either. I personally feel that children can be disciples and therefore Christians as the positives outweigh the negatives. After all we all once were children so it would be hypocritical to say that children can't be disciples. ...read more.

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