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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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Coursework Q1 Question1: "Explain what a study of St.Mark's gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship?" A disciple is "someone who learns" or is a follower of someone or something. Jesus choose his own disciples and this is very different because normally the disciple would choose the teacher. Jesus choose his own disciples but he didn't choose disciples that were educated and wealthy. He choose disciples that were poor, uneducated and ordinary. This meant Jesus did not care if you were rich or poor. The story "THE CALL OF THE DISCIPLESHIP" told us that you have to sacrifice everything for God to enter the Kingdom of God. 'Jesus said to them, " come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." ...read more.

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That will be a warning to them!" This could mean that the disciples could experience rejection and have to totally rely on God. They will have to support each other as they are helping to create the kingdom of God. The cost of being a disciple is having to put God first and make sacrifices. The story "THE WIDOWS MITE" told us that the widow is a true disciple because she gave all that she has to God and she shows total dedication to god. The story "THE RICH MAN" is the opposite to "THE WIDOWS MITE" because in the rich man story Jesus asked the rich man "Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me," The Rich man could not do ...read more.

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This means that a disciple has to be prepared to forget his own needs and put others and God first, he is prepared to follow Jesus, even if that means suffering and death. The rewards of being a disciple are eternal life and God will give you 100 times more of the things you gave up for Him. The story "THE REWARDS OF DISCIPLESHIP" 'Jesus said to them, " and I will tell you that anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the Gospel, will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and persecutions as well". This means that God recognises that a disciple has given up many things for his faith and God will generously reward the disciple in this life and the life beyond death. SACHIN ANAND RE COURSEWORK ...read more.

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