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

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Question 1: Explain what a study of St .Marks Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship. Marks gospel is a very good reference on the topic of Discipleship. This is because although Mark writes about Jesus mainly, his gospel contains a lot on discipleship. In Marks Gospel, it explains the rewards, meaning and cost of discipleship. It is surprising, however, to find that he views the Disciples in harsh light. The Gospel begins with the Calling of the First Disciples. Mark is trying to make an important point about discipleship in the first two chapters. The point that he is trying to get across is that discipleship is total commitment. Some people are called to leave everything they have to follow Jesus, even if the cost is very great. When Jesus chooses Simon, Andrew, James and John, he tells them to leave everything, and that he would make them: Fishers of men (1:17) This phrase means that the disciples are to bring people back to God, i.e. they would catch people in the net of the Kingdom of God, not very much is known about the first disciples, they were probably all married, Peter is definitely known to be married. ...read more.

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Here Jesus gives an example of how much peoples faith will be repaid in the kingdom of God. The missions of the Disciples are told in the Appointment of the 12. He picks the 12 special men and tells them to: 1. to be Jesus' companions 2. to preach 3. to cast out devils (cure sickness) 4. (702 words) Question 2: Explain how this teaching about Discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. The teachings that Jesus gave in the Bible seem to have less meaning today. However, it mainly depends on how the teachings are looked upon to what people believe. Some people may take Jesus' teachings literally, and some may take them not so literally, but do the best they can to fit them in around ordinary life. As explained in Question One, in the call of the fist disciples Jesus tells people to give up their life and possessions. This calling is still evident in society today. Some people give up their lives to follow this teaching. The word Vocation means exactly this. People who have vocation to priesthood must commit themselves to God totally, even at great cost. Good examples of these would be monks, Nuns and Hermits. ...read more.

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There are many parables also that show children as being allowed to become baptized. For example in 'Jesus and the Children' A group of children try to go to Jesus and are stopped by the Disciples, as children were considered worthless in society. Jesus got angry and told off the disciples saying: Let the little children come to me He then goes on to say: I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. He then proceeded to give the children his blessing. He says that people must take on the personality of a child to enter the kingdom of heaven. Some churches, like the Evangelists involve an adult decision, and therefore children cannot be made disciples or baptized. The person cannot be a true disciple until they have declared their faith, allowing them to be baptized. I believe that children should be baptized as a child so that they are temporarily a disciple of Christ. The child should be taught about God until they reach their confirmation where they decide if they wish to continue as a disciple. I have personal experience of this as I had God in my life up to my confirmation; I then chose to be confirmed. (340 words) Samuel Verlander Theology Coursework 2002 ...read more.

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