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What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple? Mark's gospel tells us the whole system of reality and survival involved in becoming a Disciple. It

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What can a study of St Marks Gospel tell Christians about what it means to be a disciple? Mark's gospel tells us the whole system of reality and survival involved in becoming a Disciple. It displays the meaning, costs, characteristics and reward of being a disciple. Mark's gospel tells us that it is an apostle who is 'sent' to carry out a mission at their leaders request, but a disciple is someone who learns from a religious leader and lives according to his teachings. A disciple is someone who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another. Christ's disciples imitated his life. Mark's gospel teaches us that an important element in being a disciple is faith. Having faith in Jesus is to have complete trust in him and God. Faith is a personal response on the behalf of the believer. The epileptic boy's father shows great faith. He does this by coming to Jesus with his ill son and asking him to heal him. An argument had arisen in the crowds about whether or not the boy could be healed. Jesus became angry at the doubt within the crowd and called them the "unbelieving". He then turned to the man; "Everything is possible for him who believes." At this the man exclaimed, " I do believe; help me to overcome my unbelief". By saying this, the father is displaying an unconditional trust in Jesus; his request for more faith proves that he already has more than enough. ...read more.


The man heard this and went away unhappy. He had followed all commandments but had grown fond of his possessions, almost worshiping them as a false idol. Jesus says to detach yourself from possessions so that nothing obstructs your journey with him. The nature of discipleship entails the following of Christ and with material possessions you may fall off course. All of Christ's teachings tell us the true nature of discipleship. Within Mark's Gospel he teaches us to have great faith (like the father of the epileptic boy), to become like a child, to serve others (like he does), to commit completely to God (like the widow) and to forget all possessions. Within all of these elements we are taught the nature of discipleship. "It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern day world" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have considered more than one point of view. There are many different opinions to this question, none of which can be proved right or wrong. Marks Gospel assists us in making this decisions depicting the qualities that is required to be a true disciple of Jesus. Many people believe that it is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern day world. Partly because, since Jesus' time, humanity has changed; religion is no longer a huge part of many people's lives. ...read more.


People like Martin Luther King. Martin Luther king was a black man who believed in equality. Because of his strong beliefs he was persecuted and killed. Martin Luther King and many others were treated badly and rejected in order to receive freedom. Martin Luther was similar to Jesus because they were both persecuted for the gospel values." The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders... He will be put to death". Martin Luther King lived by the commandment 'love thy neighbour.' Many Christians today act on the gospel by choosing Sunday as their day of rest and to go to mass. Some Nurses and doctors may be affected by the gospel into day's world. These people help and cure those with illnesses. Some of these doctors and nurses may have been inspired to take up their occupation because of stories in the gospel where Jesus heals the sick. An example of one of the people Jesus healed was the story called 'Jesus heals a man.' (1:40-45). In this story Jesus heals a man with a 'dreaded skin disease' because of his pity for the man. Although the man was healed by a miracle, nurses and doctors still use their good nature to help others. Cafod workers are affected by the gospel. Cafod is an organization that brings food, water, comfort and shelter to the less fortunate overseas. Cafod support over one hundred projects in seventy-five countries worldwide. In the gospel it says you should "forget self" and this is what all the Cafod workers are doing in order to help others. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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