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The Nature of Discipleship in Mark's Gospel - Part 1

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Harriet Poynter 10 Stone R.e. Coursework The Nature of Discipleship in Mark's Gospel - Part 1 A study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians lots of things about the nature of discipleship. There are many different aspects of discipleship. Sometimes there are positive aspects but sometimes there are negative aspects. In this essay I will discuss what the nature of discipleship means in Mark's Gospel. The word "disciple" means "follower" and is often used to refer to one of Jesus' followers from the Gospels. When Jesus first gathered his disciples he says to them, "Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Mark 1: 16-20) At once they followed him without question, leaving all their possessions behind. The main point of this story is that to be a disciple you must respond immediately to Jesus' demands even if that means leaving your friends, family and properties behind. Also, Jesus didn't choose wealthy or powerful people to be his disciples he chose ordinary people. What we learn from this is that Jesus accepts everybody for who they are. ...read more.

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In Mark 3: 13-19, Jesus calls his disciples "apostles" which means "one who is sent on a mission." Later on in Mark 6:7-13, he tells them in more detail what their mission is. Jesus sent his apostles out in pairs and the three main missions he gave them were to:- * Drive out evil spirits * Preach * Heal the sick "They drove out demons" (Mark 6: 7-13) This is what the Essenes believed would bring about the Kingdom of God- by defeating evil. The only two items the apostles were allowed to bring were sandals and a stick- not even a beggar's bag because they had to have 100% focus on the mission and have complete trust in God. After his resurrection, Jesus again gave his disciples their mission. He urges them to preach the Gospel, saying whoever believes will be saved, but whoever does not will be condemned. And in Jesus' name they will, "Drive out demons; they will speak new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hand; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place there hands on sick people, and they will get well." ...read more.

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He would also rather save himself than to admit knowing Jesus and risk persecution. Peter's story is seen as an example of how to deal with the times of anxiety and despair. Peter did not give into his despair. He picked himself up and became a leading figure in the Church after the Resurrection of Jesus. What is also very important was that God forgave Peter for denying Jesus. After studying all the aspects of the nature of discipleship, I have learnt that to be a disciple you don't have to be perfect and as we already know they can be ordinary people just like Jesus' disciples. I also have learnt that there are many costs and rewards of discipleship. Many Christians today preach the news of the Kingdom of God. They are called Missionaries. Missionaries are people who take the teachings of their religion to other people usually to different countries. There are also three other ways to fulfil God's mission apart from Missionary work including:- * Preaching - e.g. priests * Healing- e.g. doctors * Fighting injustice and prejudice- e.g. Greenpeace In conclusion, a study of Mark's Gospel can tell many things about the nature of discipleship and many people today can obey the Commission which Jesus gave to the apostles. 1 ...read more.

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