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Explain what a study of St.Marks Gospel can tell us about the nature of discipleship.

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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.

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