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

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Anna Gillespie What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? In Mark 8:34-38, Jesus says, ' If anyone wants to come with me he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me.' This means that whoever wants to follow a Jesus and spread his word, in other words become a disciple, would have to forget about themselves, and must think of others first instead of being selfish and self centered. They would have to accept whatever difficulties or problems a person may experience, and they would have to hold the values that Jesus stood for. A disciple is someone who follows or learns from a leader. A Christian is someone who follows the way and teachings of Jesus Christ. Therefore, a Christian disciple is someone who follows or learns from the example of Jesus Christ. ...read more.

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Jesus didn't choose perfect people because he wanted to teach people to forgive just as he did. He chose outcasts to society and in the end he did get betrayed by one of them but he still forgave, just as he wants others to. Jesus wanted the disciples to go out and drive out evil spirits and demons. The disciple's duties were to preach, to drive out demons, to anoint the sick and to heal them. He gave them the authority, and told them to take nothing on their journey except a stick. He gave them the gift of healing people and they rubbed olive oil on sick people. Jesus appeared to the eleven, he scolded them because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive, he said to them, ' Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all mankind. ...read more.

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Unfortunately when Peter is sat in the courtyard, he disowns Jesus three times; when Peter realised what he had done he broke down and cried. Failure is a part of discipleship; to be a disciple virtually involves experiencing failure. Being a disciple doesn't mean we have to be perfect. Jesus experienced failure and misunderstanding from his disciples, but he helped them over-come their failure. This tells us that just because the disciples failed sometimes, didn't mean they could no longer be a disciple. Some people think that happiness can only be found in a life after this life, in heaven, but others think you can never be fully happy now in this life. To be a disciple you would expect to find personal fulfilment, which is when you are content with your life now and the prospect or possibility of happiness in future life. Jesus told his disciples that they will have their reward one day, they will be given everything they could possibly want, but in the rewards of eternal life. ...read more.

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