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R.E Coursework - A02

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AO2. Explain how this teaching about being a disciple might make a difference in the everyday lives of Christian believers today. Even though the gospel was written over 2000 years ago it is still relevant for Christians today. It is the source of moral and spiritual guidance. It can help people through hard times and give them strength when they are feeling weak. It is a place to look when you are afraid, helpless, sinful, strong, tempted and when you are feeling you have nothing to give. 'Jesus calms a storm' is where you can look when you are scared. "Why are you frightened? Have you still no faith?" (4:40). This makes us feel that as long as we have faith we do not need to be afraid which makes us a lot happier. The Disciples were very committed and gave up all they had to follow Jesus. There are people today who leave everything they have to go where they are needed. Priests and Nuns take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience and work in the service of others. ...read more.


Corrymeela is an example. It's on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland on a hill above Ballycastle, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The community is made up of Protestants and Catholics. They live together, work together and worship together. "It is a place where people can meet to discuss their differences in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust." (Gordon Geddes and Jane Griffiths). Volunteers at Corrymeela offer help to individuals caught up in the troubles in Northern Ireland. The centre works with schools, youth groups and churches, bringing the young people of divided communities together. In Mark 12 the disciples are told the greatest commandment is to 'love the lord your god with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself'. Today Christians are given many opportunities to put this into practice and a lot do this through acts of kindness and forgiveness. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is an example of a modern day Christian who put this commandment into practice. By becoming a nun, she had made the decision to give up all her possessions, her family and friends, and dedicate her life to the service of God. ...read more.


Jesus told his disciples that the cost of discipleship would be great, "if anyone wants to come with me, he told them, he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." (8:34). In light of September 11th we are reminded of the cost of being a disciple. Many Christians today suffer from bereavement, Cancer and loneliness. All of these things can be extremely difficult to get through. "Father, he prayed, my father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want." (14:36) This is a time when Jesus was scared and he wanted gods help. The teaching of marks gospel helps a lot of Christians through tough times in their lives. It teaches them to put God at the centre of their lives and to have faith. It teaches us to love God and to treat our neighbour as we would like to be treated ourselves. If we follow our lives according to Marks Gospel we shall receive the greatest gift of all, eternal life. ...read more.

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