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A study of Marks gospel today can give us an insight into what it means to be a disciple,

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A study of Mark's gospel today can give us an insight into what it means to be a disciple, Firstly the role of the 12 was to carry out what Jesus had taught them, which was to drive out hunger (feeding of the five thousand, Mark 6 30:44), anoint the sick and "Preach the Gospel to all man kind" (The Commission 16:14-18). All they had to do, to become a disciple of God, they had to lead a pure, honest life and spread the word of God. If they done this then they were fulfilling Jesus' wish, making them a true disciple. Also their mission was simple, to do as Jesus does. Jesus gave his disciples authority over evil spirits and ordered them to take as little as possible, to leave all behind and go ahead to preach, heal and spread the good news of God (Mark 6:7-11). ...read more.

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"To take up the cross," means for many Christians of Mark's day, their fate was to die for their faith. Discipleship means being prepared to follow Jesus to the point of death. "Come with me" means that an invitation to go with Jesus is an invitation to travel along the same road. Discipleship can involve suffering, rejection, and death.. Many of Mark's stories indicate clearly that discipleship means leaving all your worldly goods behind to follow Jesus and the word of God. In the story, "The Widow of the Treasury", the woman is a perfect disciple for she has given all she had and everything of value to her. "The Rich Young Man" is yet another story which tells us that being a disciple means denying yourself all that is precious to you. The young man thought he would surely get eternal life but Jesus tells him that he must do more. ...read more.

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"why are you frightened? Have you still no faith?" Jesus tried to reassure the disciples and told them that their faith would save them.. Although disciples may have to suffer they will also be rewarded. They will receive eternal life. Jesus told the disciples that they will be rewarded one hundred times in this life and eternally in the next (10:28-31). Mark especially wrote about rewards for discipleship so the people at that time who were being persecuted would realise that although the apostles made mistakes and suffered but they were still promised eternal life and that gave them hope. All in all, I think that a study of Marks Gospel can show Christians that although discipleship may seem very hard, there is always a great reward to look forward to - eternal life. Being a disciple not only gives you the reward of eternal life, but also strengthens this life by faith. Marks gospel shows a lot about being a disciple and many Christians have found this inspiring and gone on to do great things. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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