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

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"Explain what a study of St.Marks Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship". The word 'disciple' means 'someone who learns'. Jesus was an unusual rabbi, in that he often chose poor uneducated men to be his disciples. At Lake Galilee, he calls ordinary fishermen to join him. "Come with me and I will teach you to catch people at once, they left their nets and followed him". (MK 1:15) This story teaches us that a disciple is aware of their vocation from God. They are prepared to give up everything for Jesus, including their life, family and wealth. "They left their father Zebedee in the boat and went with Jesus". Jesus chose fishermen to be his disciples this tell us that anyone could become a disciple and that you don't need to be a doctor or scientist to become a disciple. You have to be ready to sacrifice everything you have and depend on Jesus. The word mission means an important task, which you have to do. ...read more.

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The cost of being a disciple is about the sacrifices you make. You must start a new life and forget about your old sinful life. You have to accept suffering and follow Jesus. "If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me". (MK 8:34-35) This clearly tells us that a disciple is aware of what they must do and they are prepared to face prosecution. Being a disciple isn't all about suffering there are rewards also. Jesus said that you will get 100 times of what you give up and you will also receive eternal life. "Jesus said to them, "and I tell you that anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel, will receive much more in this present age. He will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields. And in the age to come he will receive eternal life". ...read more.

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As soon as the rich man heard this he went away sad, because he was very rich and he wanted all of his money and possessions. "You need only one thing. 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". (MK 10:21-22) This tells us that if you give up all your possessions and give your money to the poor you will have a hundred times that amount of money and possessions in heaven. The rich man couldn't do what Jesus told him to do se he is not a disciple. This story makes it clear that it is really hard for rich people to sacrifice their possessions and money than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. The response of the widow contrasts with the rich man because the widow had given up what she had and she was a widow and she didn't have that much and she gave up all she had. But the rich man had a lot of money and he couldn't even spare some money. Stewart Yalda ...read more.

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