• 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.Marks Gospel can tell us about the nature of discipleship.

Extracts from this document...


1C COURSEWORK DISCIPLESHIP AO1-Explain what a study of St.Mark's Gospel can tell us about the nature of discipleship AO2-Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. AO3-Children can't be disciples so they can't be Christians either- Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view BY JAMIE BELL AO1 There are many passages in the bible, which tell Christians about the nature of discipleship. It tells you what you need in order to be a disciple. The word disciple comes from the Latin word for "to follow", Discipulus. Disciples are meant to be altruistic (selfless). Other qualities Disciples need to have are Faith as Jesus says "everything is possible for those who have faith,"(The Epileptic Boy Mark 9: 14-29), Humility as Jesus says, "Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all," (Mark 9:35.) Followers must also love children as said in Mark 9:37, show fidelity in marriage as commented on in Mark 10:11-12 and must receive the Kingdom of God like a child as said in Jesus and the Children (Mark 10: 13-16.) ...read more.


kingdom of god and evangelise then they can be a true disciple of god AO2 There are many references in the bible, which teach discipleship. There are many ways in which Christians put these teachings into practise today. Some Christians are known as Absolute Disciples meaning that they give up their lives to follow the message of the bible. Examples of this are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Sean Devereux and Maxamillion Kolbe. Also there are relative disciples which although don't go out to dangerous places to help people still follow the message of the bible, just not on the same scale of the absolute disciples. Sean Devereux was born into a rich family and went to a private school. He could live a normal and successful life. However instead, he gave up all his belongings and became a missionary in Africa. He was a teacher at a school when there was a coup in the country and most of the schoolchildren were massacred. He fought so hard for his views that he was beaten up many times and eventually assassinated. His story follows "Taking up the cross." Which says that disciples have to "Deny themselves, take up the cross and follow me," i.e. ...read more.


As a child you can have all three sacraments of initiation and therefore full members of the church and have made a choice just like a disciples. Many adults are less informed (regarding Christianity) then many children and many adults are even more immature then some children, children can be aged between 0-17 so can you really generalise them like that. In fact Jesus told his disciples to have the innocence of children. In addition you can be a disciple of another faith, in fact some people say you don't have to be religious to be a disciple, as long as you do good things and act as a disciple. Why is it that just because someone is younger some people say they can't be disciples, is that prejudice. The word does not mean "follower of Jesus/God", just follower. Moreover one could say that you could be a disciple of a football team. As a consequence I believe you can be a disciple as long as you do good things and act as a disciple. Only a select few people become absolute disciples and many more are just relative disciples, so why can't children? Not all adults "understand the concept of discipleship" yet consider themselves Christians as virtue of being older, so In conclusion I disagree wholeheartedly with the statement. ...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. Describe and explain how Marks Gospel establishes Jesus identity.

    Mark's gospel shows us that the Messiah is Jesus by showing that Jesus full-filled the prophecy by arriving to Jerusalem in a donkey, as said in the prophecy of Zachariah.

  2. The Kingdom of God in St Marks Gospel. The first idea, St Marks gospel ...

    Do not only show your faith when you are with other Christians but show every one there is to show. You need to move you faith in to areas of darkness and show your faith to create light. If not it will be uncovered at judgement and used against you,


    Some feel they have a vocation to serve God in a particular way through: - preaching, as Jesus commanded that the good news should be spread throughout the world. Many Christians feel that their vocation is to fulfil this job.

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

    Many rich people dropped in lots of money: then a poor widow dropped in two copper coins, which were worth about a penny. Jesus called his disciples and said to them "I tell you this poor widow put more in the offering box then all the others.

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

    Jesus tells people to give up everything and different people take this different ways. For example a monks and nuns are very extreme disciples and they would give up absolutely everything they have to be a disciple as they feel this is what they should do.

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

    all that she could do, putting others before herself and following Christ. Mark's gospel teaches us that the nature of discipleship also includes detachment from all material possessions. When the rich man came to Jesus and asked him what he should do to "inherit eternal life?"

  1. RE GCSE Mark's Gospel option C AO1

    Jesus shows his divine side when Jesus asks his disciple, 'How much bread have you got?' His disciples reply, 'Five loaves and two fish.' Jesus manages to feed 5000 hungry people and still they leave leftovers. Only God would be able to use his powers to feed 5000 with not much food, 'Everyone ate and had enough.

  2. discipleship in marks gospel

    The rewards are clear, the satisfaction from helping others, changing others lives, communicating with God, preaching to your parish, worshipping with your fellow monks in your monastery. All of the above are high points of the different aspects of modern day discipleship.

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