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In this piece of coursework I will be exploring discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. In the first section I will explore how the disciples were called and challenged according to Jesus as well as the disciples jobs/duties.

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BY: KAYLEE JUKES 10F Discipleship-Mark's Gospel AO1 In this piece of coursework I will be exploring discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. In the first section I will explore how the disciples were called and challenged according to Jesus as well as the disciples jobs/duties. Discipleship revolves about following Jesus both physically and spiritually. A disciple is a person who learns and believes in a leader and helps to spread the teachings of another. A disciple of Jesus would be expected to respond immediately to what Jesus says, love there neighbour, willing to forgive sins, be generous, accept persecution and live there life's using gospel values in everything that they say and do. The first disciples of Jesus were expected to respond immediately to what Jesus says, love their neighbour, be willing to forgive sins, be generous, accept persecution and live their lives using gospel values in everything that they do and say. The first disciples of Jesus called upon were fisherman. 'As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fisherman, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them, "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." At once they left their nets and went with him. ' (1:16-18) Peter responded by leaving everything he owned and followed, this meant he left behind his family and steady income (fisherman). He may have done this because Jesus had special charismatic qualities. Peters' first challenge was when he said, "We've left everything to follow you..." He had misunderstood what being a disciple was all about. He still thought discipleship was about rewards. Jesus replied " I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life, Peters' second challenge was when Jesus spoke about his suffering and death, "Forget self, carry cross, and follow me." ...read more.

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But many now who are first will be last, and many who are now last will be first. " (Mark's gospel 10:29-31). This shows that Jesus' disciples will be rewarded eternal life for bringing people back to God. Persecution was the cost of discipleship. If they stood up for their beliefs and took pride, in result they suffered and were persecuted. As an inevitable result of faith in Jesus. The disciples may have had to loose life on earth, but they gained life in heaven. This was to be true of Jesus too. A person who commits everything they have to the service of God, however little that it might be is more precious to God than someone who has great ability and resources, but is less committed. Real Christian discipleship requires total commitment. Jesus says that the kingdom of God belongs to children as they have childlike qualities, they are generally eager to learn, trusting and loving towards their parents. These are the attitudes the disciples should have towards God. A02 I will now examine how Mark's definition of discipleship affects Christians today. I will do this by outlining examples of disciples in today's world such as Mother Teresa who was a modern disciple that was silently called. Mother Teresa was born in Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 but she grew up in Skopje, Macedonia. At the age of 18 she became a nun and joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland, her name was Sister Teresa. Like the 12 disciples becoming a nun meant she had to give up all her belongings and possessions including her family and friends, and dedicated her life to the service of God. Mother Teresa was moved to another Convent, which was owned by herself in Darjeeling, India and continued training as a nun. She was sent to Calcutta, India a year later to teach at a girls' school, but she was very shocked to see her surroundings filled with poverty and disease. ...read more.

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Others say that there are many factors that make it harder for children to become disciples due to the modern world, your friends may encourage you to stay away from church and instead of donating your money to the poor they may persuade you to spend it on cigarettes or even alcohol. This shows how most children spend their time and just thinking of themselves. Although, if someone who was baptised under Christianity will be a Christian no matter what their mistakes may be in life, they will always be a part of the Christian community. Each and every student in Maria Fidelis can act as a true disciple in the modern world by following the rules in school and the duties. It is possible for a child to be a true disciple in the modern world even without literally following Jesus, but by following and living the Gospel today. Children can't be true disciples because discipleship is a special calling, a vocation also there are different levels of discipleship: * Loving family * Helping community * Full discipleship Children cannot leave everything behind but the more they help in the community and in there family, the more they are becoming a true disciple without leaving anything and anyone behind, as children are dependent. In conclusion I believe that it is hard for a child to be a disciple, but not as hard as for an adult, as an adult would have more responsibilities to give up such as their family. This would mean that they are neglecting their family. If they left it would also be extremely difficult for a person to give up the wealth gained from a job. For a child it would be hard for them to become a disciple due to the way the media disrespects religion such as broadcasting news on religion that is against the law ...read more.

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