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'What can a study of St Mark's Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple'

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RE Coursework 'What can a study of St Mark's Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple' Reading Mark's Gospel tells you a lot about discipleship. It contains several information to help Christians about being a disciple. The Gospel gets its message across about discipleship through stories, parables and examples of others in today's modern world and in the past. Everybody has their own idea of what a disciple is but many are not to sure about what is required from a disciple because discipleship is very complex. Straight away in Mark's Gospel, in the first section it talks about spreading the Good news. This is required from every disciple, where ever you go you should preach the word and not be ashamed of your God. For it is written (9:38) 'If a person is ashamed of me and my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of him...'. ...read more.

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This is shown in Mark 1:20, when the first four disciples immediately left everything including their families to follow Jesus. The next is misunderstanding. This when the disciples had no faith in Jesus and doubted. This shows that even though were disciples we are still humans and make mistakes, not everyone is perfect. The third is failure. Jesus many times put his trust in his disciples but they always seem to let him down. An example of this is Peter's denial (14:66- 71). Peter denied Jesus because he knew there would be serious consequences but realised what he did afterwards and broke down. The last stage is reinstatement. After Jesus died the disciples thought there was nothing left for them to do but he then sent them on the Commission. Just because Jesus is not on earth doesn't mean Christians can't spread his teachings. Christians have to accept the Kingdom of God and have a child like attitude. ...read more.

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Furthermore the most important thing is to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal saviour. Prime examples of this are: Mother Teresa Archbishop Oscar Romero Both these disciples committed their whole life to the will of God. Unfortunately Oscar Romero was assassinated because he spoke out about injustice. By obeying the will of God and follow in Jesus' footsteps you will be rewarded exceedingly. All the things I have listed above is your co - operation to being a disciple, the rest is left to Jesus. If you do all these things you will receive the greatest reward ever which is eternal life. You'll benefit a closer relationship with God as well. The only way you can do this is through prayer, you communicating with God. Also a hundred times more families, fields and houses but persecutions as well. If your willing to be a disciple than your willing to give up your life for Christ. There's no point being a disciple thinking there won't be any consequences because there are people out there who will discriminate against you just because of your faith. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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