"Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship"

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“Explain what a study of Mark’s Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship”

By looking at Marks’s Gospel we can find out a lot about the nature of Discipleship and the Apostles. The Apostles name’s were Simon Peter, Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, John his brother, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the publican who changed his name from Levi to indicate a new life, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananite and Judas. The word ‘Apostle’ means someone chosen out ordinary disciples to become a leader. When a priest/vicar is ordained, this means he is now an Apostle. An Apostle is anyone chosen to Preach. There is some controversy to whether Mary Magdalene is an Apostle, but according to Mark, she is not counted in the final twelve. Catholics would say that Apostles are only male leaders in the church, but in the Church of England they believe that any disciple can become an Apostle, male of female. The word Apostle is from the Greek word ‘to send’. A disciple is someone who learns, listens and follows. Anybody can be a disciple and anyone who follows Jesus is a disciple.

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        When Jesus called the Apostles, they were ordinary men with ordinary lives who all wanted something. The four fishermen wanted taxes to change and the tax collector Mathew led a comfortable life, but was lonely. There were two zealots in the group, and their mission was to kill the Romans. When they became Apostles, they gave up their friends, family, work and lives to help Jesus on his mission. At first they may have returned to their villages quite often. Jesus called the fishermen in 1:14:

        “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”


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