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In St. Mark's Gospel what can we learn about discipleship? Explain how this might affect a Christian today.

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R.E coursework In St. Mark's Gospel what can we learn about discipleship? Explain how this might affect a Christian today. A disciple is a student or learner. Jesus chose twelve men to learn God's message from him. Jesus was no ordinary teacher; if men wanted to learn the Jewish law they would go and choose a Rabbi to study under. Jesus was different because he chose his followers. E.g. Mk 1:14-21 The first disciples Jesus chose were four fishermen Mk 1:14-21. The first two were Simon and his brother Andrew, he then called two more brothers, James and John. The next person Jesus chose was a tax collector named Levi. The Jewish people saw tax collectors as traitors because they worked for the Roman authorities and were known to cheat people out of money. We are not sure in which order Jesus chose the next seven but we do know he called twelve men. The choice of these men could and would have been surprising for many people, for example Levi was a traitor in most peoples eyes but Jesus justified this when he said, "I have come to call sinners, not respectable people." This means that he came to get sinners like Levi back on track. He was also saying that the Kingdom of God is for all people not just for perfect people. ...read more.

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and heard him teach in parables (4:10-20). They had learnt how to preach God's message. When they did preached God's message they were not allowed much with them. This shows that discipleship requires sacrifice and having no material goods to rely on. This taught them to have faith in God. Later in the Gospel (16:14-18) Jesus gives the disciples more instructions, to perform miracles, speak in different languages and be protected from poison and snakes. Jesus wanted them to carry on when he went and therefore said that they will be protected because without Jesus the disciples may have been scared. Jesus told the disciples "Anyone who wants to be a follower of mine, must leave self behind" This is about belonging to God and putting yourself last. "...he must take up his cross" This means to follow Jesus even to death. "...and come with me." This involves giving up everything. To be a disciple you must be a servant for all, always put others first. You must have very few material goods. You must leave your family and old life behind because they needed to concentrate on Jesus' message and on their job in hand. The disciples would have to be prepared to take one hundred times more persecution. These are some of the costs of discipleship, Although the costs are very demanding there is a rewarding side to discipleship. ...read more.

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Another way is at church a priest preaches about the word of God. The Disciples also did a lot of self-sacrifice. They gave up everything for Jesus. People today can show self-sacrifice by becoming a monk or a nun. When you become a monk/nun you have to take a vow of poverty, which mean that you have to give up all you have. Giving up your money and all you have for charity would be another way of showing self-sacrifice. Service is yet another aspect of discipleship. The disciples served Jesus and God. People can serve God today by just simply following the commandments or going to church every week. Another way of living a life of service would be becoming a priest, a monk or a nun. Discipleship also involves prayer e.g. Mk 9: 29. People can follow this today by praying to God. They can pray in all types of different ways, silent prayer, group prayers, etc...etc. I think that some Christians do all these things very well e.g. Martin Luther-King and Mother Teresa who renounced their lives for the Gospel, some do them quite well and others don't try to do them at all. Christians who are not affected by St. Mark's Gospel have many reasons why. One might be that religion is just a social part of life. Some people cannot be affected because they are too busy. Some other people might think that the Gospel is just a story and is not relevant to everyday life. ...read more.

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