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Explain what a study of St Marks Gospel can tell us about the nature of Discipleship?

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Explain what a study of St Marks Gospel can tell us about the nature of Discipleship? The word discipleship comes from the Latin word Discipulus; this means a learner or a pupil. We can relate this to disciples as they were pupils or learners of Jesus who taught them how to lead a good life. The disciples committed their lives to Jesus. We are the modern day disciples of Jesus, this is how Jesus wants to spread the word of God and that is how he did that all those years ago through his disciples. They must follow him to become "fishers of men" Mark 1:17. Jesus had twelve disciples; his inner circle was Peter, James and John. ...read more.

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Being a disciple isn't all about preaching, having more power as we learn in "The request of James and John" they learn a valuable lesson that they too are servants of God and should not seek power. " If one of you wants to be great he must be the servant of the rest, and if one of you wants to be great he must be the save of you all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served: he came to serve and give his life to redeem many people." In the transfiguration: "this is my own dear son, listen to him" we can learn from this the importance of listening to the good news that was spread by Jesus and the disciples. ...read more.

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person to enter the kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle" Jesus explained that since they had made sacrifices they would be rewarded in the kingdom of God "Receive a hundred times more that you give and you will receive eternal life", but as the rich man had made no sacrifices there would be no rewards. The disciples are reminded in "Jesus blesses the children" to be child like and not childish in the way they preach, be open, honest, truthful, generous and eager to learn more. Through Marks gospel we can learn a lot about discipleship. We learn that discipleship entails many qualities, to be child like and not childish. To sacrifice, and we learn that faith is an important element of discipleship. All these qualities make a true disciple. ...read more.

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