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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 chose his own disciples they were poor, uneducated and ordinary people. At Lake Galilee, Jesus calls ordinary fisherman to join him. "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people". At once they left their nets and went with him. (MK 1:16) This meant that the two fishermen left all their belongings and possessions and responded immediately to help Jesus call people to the kingdom of god. It teaches us that they are prepared to go with God and give up everything including their life, family and wealth. Also, Jesus chose two fishermen to be his disciples this tells us that anyone could be a disciple. ...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. The cost of being a disciple is having to put god first and make sacrifices. "I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had - she gave all she had to live on". (MK 12:43-44) The widow is a true disciple because she gave all she had to God; she shows total dedication to God. This story teaches us that part of being a disciple is that you have to give up what you have to help others like Blind Bartimaus who gave up what he had. ...read more.

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"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". (MK 10:29-31) 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. God recognizes that a disciple has given up many things for his faith and God will generously reward the disciple in this life and the life beyond death. Sandra Yalda RE Coursework - Question 1 Ms McKeon ...read more.

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