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Explain what the study of the Synoptic Gospels can tell Christians today about the nature of discipleship.

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Year 10 Coursework A01 Explain what the study of the Synoptic Gospels can tell Christians today about the nature of discipleship. In this piece of work, I am going to describe and explain what a Christian today can learn from the synoptic gospels about being a disciple. The synoptic gospels are written by Matthew, Mark, and Luke and are found in the New Testament. The word 'synoptic' means 'similar' and the word 'gospel' means 'good news', so the synoptic gospels are similar accounts of the good news. In the synoptic gospels, there are events and parables, stories with hidden meanings, which help to explain what it means to be a disciple. A disciple is someone who learns from another. ...read more.

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This can teach Christians today that disciples need to keep their lives and faith focused on Jesus, or they will 'sink'. To be a disciple, you need to be determined. This is shown in Luke 5:17-26, in 'the healing of the paralysed man.' The man's friends lowered the paralysed man through the roof and down to Jesus to be cured. Christians today can learn from this that determination is very important in discipleship. Another important quality of discipleship is sacrifice, for example, 'Jesus calls four fisherman' in Mark 1:14-20. Simon, Andrew, James and John all left their nets and fishing boats to follow Jesus. This shows Christians today that true disciples will leave their lives to follow Jesus. ...read more.

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There were three men: one was given 5 talents, one 2 talents, and one 1 talent. The ones with 5 and 2 talents used them to gain more talents, but the one with 1 talent was afraid and hid it in the ground. This shows Christians today that as disciples, they are responsible for using their talents to serve God and other people. I summarise that many qualities are needed to be a disciple, and many of them are demonstrated in the synoptic gospels. As long as they have these, anyone can be a disciple, even sinners. Some of the qualities needed to be a disciple are: faith in Jesus, sacrifice for Jesus, determination not to give up, and courage to spread Jesus' word. It is also important to use your talents and skills to help others, and serve God. ...read more.

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