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What can a study of Mark's Gospel tell us about the nature of Discipleship?

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What can a study of Mark's Gospel tell us about the nature of Discipleship? What is a Disciple? A Disciple of God or Jesus is someone who follows God and does his will, i.e. shows compassion, love, servitude and a willingness to humble himself in the interests of serving his master. Disciples can be many different people and they can follow God in many different forms and ways. A Disciple is someone who always has faith in God and never questions him. A Disciple of God must live simply, and, to be great a Disciple, must put himself before everyone else. In Ch 9 verse 35 of Mark's Gospel when the Disciples are arguing over who is the greatest Jesus says; "Whoever wants to be the first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all." In Ch 10 verse 43 when James and John request to be seated beside Jesus in the kingdom of God, Jesus says; " If any one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest." ...read more.

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Mark gives us a clear message that Discipleship was not limited to the chosen few. Jesus explained the Qualities of Discipleship to those he had chosen - qualities like love and faith. For example, in Chapter 5 (the story of the woman with the haemorrhage) Jesus said to the woman who touched his cloak, "My daughter, your faith has made you well." This illustrates clearly to Jesus' followers that faith is one of the most important qualities for a Disciple. When Jesus calls his Disciples in Ch 3 Verse13 he says; "I have chosen you to be with me. I will also send you out to preach and you will have the authority to drive out demons." In the same way, modern Disciples must preach the Word of God and do what is right by helping the poor and curing the ill. They must proclaim God's presence in their lives through their words and actions. If they do this, God will be happy with them. ...read more.

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I assure you that whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." It is apparent, therefore, that Jesus regarded children very highly and indeed felt that they were the way to true Discipleship. This view is further borne out in Ch9 verse 37 where Jesus also states that children were "model Disciples." Although all of Jesus' Twelve Apostles were men, Jesus also regarded women as good Disciples. This is evident in Mark's Gospel when he chooses Mary Magdalene as the first one He appears to after His resurrection; " After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons." It is clear, therefore from a study of Mark's Gospel that no one type of person is a typical Disciple. Any person no matter what his or her race, sex or age is can choose to live a life marked with the qualities of good Discipleship. "After this, Jesus himself sent out through his disciples from the east to the west the sacred and ever-living message of eternal salvation." S�anna � Coinn 10A ...read more.

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