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What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about the nature of discipleship?

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What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? A disciple is a person who follows and loves Jesus and helps to spread the teachings of what Jesus taught. They are a member of the new community, and they become more and more like Jesus through a life of faith and obedience. Discipleship is an important theme in Mark's Gospel. It is important for Christians today as it was for the first disciples of Jesus. It cannot be done in a half-hearted way. It means to Christians to give up everything for other people and God. A disciple is someone who regards that teacher as possessing the truth and wants to learn from him. It is a fundamental part of Christian teaching that Jesus is the ideal person to whom everyone should follow. Faith and Prayer are important for discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. ...read more.

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God is important you should give everything and anything in his cause. "They left nets immediately to follow him."(Mark 1:16-20) From the Old Testament the call of discipleship means the prophet will call a disciple who will once abandon everything and follow him. It has an immediate response to show our faith and love. The first 12 were his companion and they were sent out to preach his name and to cast and drive out evil spirits. They were told to take no money, not to linger where they were not wanted and to shake the dust off their feet if not wanted. In Mark's Gospel we are told that to be a disciple of Jesus you have to make sacrifices. In the story "Widow at the treasury" the poor woman put in her whole two coins, which is what she only possessed. Although rich people may put in large sums it is about the amount your willing to give up and sacrifice. ...read more.

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sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first." (Mark 10: 28-31) It is important to understand that being a Christian does not mean accepting a life of misery and constant suffering. You will gain eternal life with God in heaven; he will also give us the security that people look for in material possession he will give us. We are blessed with gifts that the world cannot give us such as peace joy and happiness. Jesus couldn't believe that Peter; the leader of the apostles, the first pope would let Jesus down. But it reminds us there can be weakness and failure right to the very top and Peter was forgiven and confirmed as the leader of the Church, despite his weakness. ...read more.

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