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

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DISCIPLESHIP By Jonny Elworthy 4B Explain what a study of St. Marks Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. "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. Explain what a study of St. Marks Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? You may wonder what discipleship is. Well Marks gospel tells you all you need to know about them. A Disciple is a person who is a pupil and follower of a teacher. In this instance the teacher is Jesus. The disciple then passes on the teaching of Jesus as Jesus teaches them about God and the ways of life. What some people find strange is that disciples are very ordinary people, from fishermen to tax collectors. Jesus would just go up to these ordinary people who would be getting on with their daily lives and ask them to follow him. The people he asked would just agree and go with him there and then leaving everything behind. Being a disciple at the time of Jesus would not be easy. There were many teachers like Jesus who had followers in 1st century Palestine. The disciples would have to be faithful to their teacher and devote themselves to him. The teachers were called Rabbi's and had students (disciples) ...read more.

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and he also promises eternal life. James and John are looking for an earthly reward. But disciples have strengths and weaknesses. Peter was a great leader saying, "You are the Christ" to Jesus. But they were also week as they never really understood Jesus and ran away when he was crucified. Marks gospel gives very clear points about Christian discipleship. He emphasises cost a lot to be a disciple. Explaining that it is not at all easy or simple and is very hard work with both physical and mental demands. It has to be thought about a lot as the rich young man found out as he thought about it but realised he was not up to the task. Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. Christians must realise that Mark's gospel was written nearly 2000 years ago. In that time the world was a completely different place to what it is today. This of course makes it very difficult for us to apply the teachings of Mark in his gospel as they were taught back then in that civilisation and it makes it hard for the teachings to be followed in this day and age. Maybe it isn't possible to do so? If so it is very difficult. Every Christian says being a Christian involves being a disciple by following Christ, but how do we do this? Christian opinions vary. To be honest there is no one way of being a disciple. Some Christians feel they are called to Christ because of religious experience. ...read more.

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Other people on the other hand say that children can be disciples as anyone who believes in Jesus and understands what they have to do to be a disciple can be one. They say that children are possible even the best disciples as they are young enthusiastic and can pass the knowledge that they know and gain through the years to another people and too their kids when they older so by becoming a disciple at a young age they are committing to Christ and showing strength to do so. My personal opinion is that it is fine for children to become disciples and I have information to back this up. For example the story of Jesus and the Children shows that Jesus values children in society just as much as anyone else. In this story adult disciples turn the children away as they feel that the children were not important enough to see Jesus, but Jesus told the children to come to him and he praised and blessed them. The question itself is also questionable as Dominic Savio for example came to Don Bosco at the age of 12 and dies in 1857 at the age of 14. He died a saint so surely this confirms that children can be as high in life as any other individual and I think that children can become disciples as long as they are prepared to commit to Jesus and be aware of what they have to do. They must act by the teachings of Jesus in the best way they see fit. ...read more.

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