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The Nature of Discipleship.

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RE Coursework - The Nature of Discipleship Before I can begin to analyse the nature of Christian discipleship in Mark's gospel, I need to know fully what the word "disciple" means, which is why I have included the definition, which is: someone who wants to follow and learn from someone else. I know from Mark's gospel that, in order to be a disciple, you do not have to be someone of any importance because none of Jesus' disciples had a high place in Jewish society. This shows that Jesus obviously didn't value money so much as faith and dedication. After reading Mk 6: 7-13 it appears that great sacrifices must be made in order to become a disciple because Jesus says to his disciples, "Don't take ...read more.


This shows that if you want to become a Christian disciple, you do not always have to work hard, but merely believe in the gospel and spread the good news. One of the things that I can definitely derive from Mark's gospel is the cost of discipleship. Jesus says in Mk 8: 34-38 that, "If anyone wants to come with me 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 the gospel will save it." This shows how challenging discipleship was intended to be, in that you would have to risk death in order to become a disciple. ...read more.


I think Mark believed that discipleship is about commitment because he included a very meaningful story: The Widow's Offering. The story is about the donation of money into an offering box outside the temple. On the one hand there are the wealthy men who give all of the riches they have to spare and on the other there is a poor widow who gives all she has to live on, even though it is only a tiny amount. I think that the rich men symbolise the people who call themselves Christians but don't go out of their way to help other people, whereas the widow symbolises people who, despite their situation show dedication, generosity and commitment: true Christian disciples. Danielle Jones 10m ...read more.

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