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What can the study of Mark's gospel yell Christians about what it means to be a disciple?

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AO1 - What can the study of Mark's gospel yell Christians about what it means to be a disciple? Introduction In Mark's gospel we are told how Jesus chose 12 disciples to come along with him in his mission. The disciples went through a lot of hardships, the sacrificed everything to be with Jesus, without delay. The disciples show a lot of faith throughout the gospel, however, they also show a lost of weaknesses such as spiritually blindness. Mark also tells us that there is 'cost' to being a disciple however, this cost is very little compared to the great rewards that determined and devoted disciples will receive in return. My essay will go into more detail about the nature of what it means to be a Christian disciple based on the teachings of St. Mark's Gospel. Definition of a disciple * In someone who believes in and helps spread the teachings to others. They follow and learn the word of God. [Call of the disciples: (Mk1: 16-20) and Levi (Mk2: 13-14)] * When Jesus asked then to join him in his mission the responded immediately, with no questions. "At once they left their nets and went with him." (Mk1: 18) * This also showed great faith in the disciples as they never questioned Jesus, it would have been a hard decision to drop everything in their lives and follow a man, whom they had never met before and devote their lives to his teaching and morals. ...read more.

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(Mk10: 13-16) In this story Jesus tells the disciples of how you must be 'childlike to be able to enter the kingdom of God. Mark also highlights faith as being the central importance for the disciples. There are many stories in the gospel that express Jesus' response to a person's faith. Examples: * Jairus' daughter and the woman who touched Jesus' cloak (Mk5: 21-42) * Paralysed man (Mk1: 1-12) The calming of the storm is an example of a time when the disciples need to show faith. They failed and Jesus commented and rebuked them on their lack of faith in his ability to keep the safe, - "why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Examples: * In the story of 'the request of James and John', Jesus had to explain again the true meaning of discipleship. It is not to achieve personal glory, but to put others first in all things. To be completely selfless. * When Jesus predicted that he would be betrayed and put to death, the disciples did not understand what he meant and where afraid to ask him about it. * In the garden of Gethsemane. Peter, James and John fell asleep three times: Jesus had asked then to keep watch for him while he prayed. ...read more.

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Examples: o Garden of Gethsemane - (Mk14: 32-42) o Peter Denies Jesus - (Mk14: 66-72) We learn also from Mark's account that Peter learnt from his mistakes and therefore, Jesus relied on him greatly, so much so that he trusted him with the development of the Christian church. Rewards Finally Mark makes it clear that if you follow in the footsteps of Christ then you will receive great rewards, * The rewards of Discipleship - (Mk10: 28-31) * "God has promised by many Scriptures to recognize all service that is rendered as a love expression to Him and all that is within the gracious plan of life He has made for every child of His. There will be rewards, crowns and prizes. No one can define them. They most evidently speak of His loving appreciation of our little suffering and faithfulness for Him. They will be inexpressibly sweet, and they will abide for all eternity. Salvation is not a reward for the believer's service. Salvation is God's work for us. Rewards are always connected with the believer's works and merit. The rewards are to be bestowed at 'the judgment-seat of Christ'" --- (2 Cor.5: 10). Conclusion It is clear from Mark's gospel that discipleship involves faith, commitment, sacrifice, willingness to serve others, to place God centre of your life and to learn from our mistakes. God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. --- Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997) ...read more.

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