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AO1. What can a study of St. Mark's Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple? Gordon Geddes and Jane Griffiths agree that "A disciple is someone who believes in and helps to spread the teachings of another. It is someone who learns from a religious leader, and who wishes to live life according to the leader's wishes and commands." The first four disciples were fishermen. "As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, 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. He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers, James and John." (1:16-19). Not one of the four fishermen hesitated to follow Jesus and this showed their great amount of faith. "The invitation to go with Jesus is the invitation to travel along the same road. Discipleship can involve suffering, rejection and death." (Robin Coope), In Marks Gospel we are told that to be a disciple involves sacrifice. ...read more.

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I assure you that whoever does not enter the kingdom of god like a child will not enter it." (10:14) 'The Calming of the Storm' is a time when the disciples needed to show faith but failed. "Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, be quiet! And said to the waves, be still! The wind died down and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to his disciples, why are you frightened? Have you still no faith?" (5:39-40) To be a true disciple involves service. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people."(10:45). There are many examples of Jesus doing good for others. The story of 'Blind Bartimaeus' is an example. "What do you want me to do for you? Jesus asked him. Teacher, the blind man answered, I want to see again. Go, Jesus told him, your faith has made you well. (10:51-52) Mark shows that the nature of discipleship demands good leaders. Jesus chose twelve ordinary men to become disciples. They were to set an example to others, learn from their mistakes and preach the gospel to the whole world. ...read more.

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He will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and persecutions as well; and in the age to come will receive eternal life. But many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first." (10:29-31) From Mark's Gospel we can clearly identify that discipleship involves faith, commitment, willingness, trust, learning from your mistakes and putting god at the centre of your life. "As his ministry began to draw towards its close Jesus tried to warn his disciples that he was going to be brutally put to death. After one such warning Peter could not accept that any such thing would happen to Jesus, but Jesus strongly rebuked his disciple. He then went on to spell out to everyone listening the cost that had to be paid by anyone who seriously wanted to be one of his followers. He was asking them to give up their security and their own interests, which might in many cases, lead to death itself." (Michael Keene) This shows how much commitment is involved in being a disciple. "The nature of discipleship is not one of privilege or position but one of humble service. Discipleship means being prepared to follow Jesus. The true disciple will be rewarded with eternal life." (Robin Cooper) ...read more.

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