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What is Discipleship.

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GCSE Coursework Disipleship 1) a) Mark's Gospel clearly shows us that the disciples were always learning about discipleship from Jesus. They are taught about everything to do with discipleship; the costs, the rewards; the importance of faith and prayer; and the roles they played. One of the main things that the disciples found out about was the cost of discipleship. Even before they chose to follow Jesus they were told "Anyone wants to come with me... He must forget self carry his cross and follow me", Mark 8:34. This means that if you are going to follow Jesus, then you must be prepared to follow the same path and to give everything up, maybe even their life. One of the things they learnt about was the rewards that discipleship had to offer. In Mark 10:29-30 Jesus tells the disciples of the clear rewards they will receive: "I tell you that anyone who leaves homes or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel will receive one hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields". ...read more.

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When Jesus said this, he was trying to get across that you should not put money first in your life; you should put God first in your life. This was definitely for "the rich young man" (Mark 10:17-31), as he went away sad as he was unable to give up his riches - "Jesus' attitude was that money...can give us a false sense of security...it can become an object of worship and a main preoccupation of life" (Norman, page 39). However, it is doubted that Jesus wanted us to give to the poor to the extent to that we are poor ourselves - it can simply be interpreted as by putting God first and not money. "Jesus is teaching that wealth can be a barrier to discipleship...(because) it can separate a person from God" (Cooper, page 82). Christians, today can put this message into practise by giving up un- necessary wealth for example a priest or nun does - i.e. they give up their wealth but they are still not poor themselves and they have a healthy life. ...read more.

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However, there are a few cases such as this but it is very rare for discipleship to come to this in modern day. One of the main demands that Jesus makes of his disciples, to give up all wealth it too difficult far the majority of modern day Christians. I think this is due to what they will have to give up i.e. house car and all possessions. I think people may have done this, thousands of years ago as most people live on the bare necessities but now with technological advance people have many different possessions. However, even though there are many factors, which make the demands Jesus makes of his disciples far too difficult for modern day Christians, I still think it is possible. For example, in the "Mission of the Twelve" (Mark 6:6- 13) the disciples were told to care for and heal people with evil spirits - today we can feed the poor and fight injustice by simply supporting charities such as CAFOD. In addition, the disciples were taught to preach things such as faith and forgiveness but people can do this in everyday life when communicating with other people. ...read more.

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