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Marks gospel shows that Jesus has power and authority over humans. While he was walking along the Shore of Lake Galilee he calls to two fishermen "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men" and they immediately dropped their nets and followed him. This shows that Jesus has the authority to call these men in such a way that they respond immediately. The other 10 people that Jesus called to follow him had the same reactions and immediately left their families, jobs, possessions and money behind them to follow Jesus.
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In total Tr�caire is funding 669 projects in 63 countries around the world to a total value of �38.6 million. This is a big ask however of everyone so other methods in which Christians can help the poor around the world are charitable donations and prayer In the bible we are told to help others. In 1 Corinthians 12:26 it says "If one part suffers every part suffers with it" So by not helping the poor we are inflicting not only the poor but also ourselves.
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And yes, the disciples did heal, they did preach and they did cast out evil. "The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught" (Mark 6:30) and "They went out and preached that people should turn away from their sins. They drove out many demons, and rubbed olive oil on many sick people and healed them" (Mark 6:12-13). Both of these quotes show us that the disciples did the requested; they followed instructions and didn't do a bad job.
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Another significant event at the supper is when Jesus reveals to his disciples that one of them will betray him. Christians believe that Jesus knows who will betray him yet he still sits through the supper and does nothing. This is one example of the colossal amounts of temptation Jesus faces to walk away from every thing and not endure the pain and suffering of death. MK 14: 27-31, is when Jesus tells his disciples that they will desert him.
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Faith and Prayer are important for discipleship according to Mark's Gospel. In the parable of the epileptic boy a man brings his son to Jesus he says, "Teacher I brought you my son, who is possessed by an evil spirit that has robbed him from his speech." This shows that he has faith in Jesus to cast out his evil spirits. Jesus asked him did he have belief and the father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Jesus rebuked his evil spirit at once. In this story the boy's father needed more faith. He had some faith, but felt that he had not enough to help his son.
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Another example of commitment in Mark's Gospel is the Widow at the Treasury. In this story, a poor widow puts all that she has to live on into the temple treasury, while rich people are putting lots of their money in, but only a fraction of their wealth. The story explains how the widow made a huge sacrifice - she was so committed to God that she gave everything she had to him. The second quality one must have to be a disciple is faith. They must believe in Jesus and God, and put their trust into him.
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Christians are involved in making Jesus known to people in different ways: through prayer, through the loving service of others, through works of healing and reconciliation and through acts of justice and mercy shown to the needy and oppressed It is through baptism that a person becomes a member of the church. All members of the church have the same task: to pray, to deepen their understanding of God, to become more open to receive the love of God, to learn to love God, to proclaim and share their love of God and to learn to love others as they love themselves.
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(Robin Coope), In Marks Gospel we are told that to be a disciple involves sacrifice. An example of this is "The widow's offering". "This poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had - she gave all she had to live on." (12:43-44). "by her selfless act the woman had shown that she really loved God with her whole heart, soul, mind and strength. She could not have loved God any more.
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Priests and Nuns take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience and work in the service of others. Martin Luther King was an American Baptist who was a very dedicated man and who was determined to get equality between blacks and whites. Blacks earned half as much as white people, many were not allowed to vote and they were not allowed into certain public places that were reserved for whites only. Although he got many death threats he continued to organise campaigns, boycotts, marches and other forms of peaceful protest. In 1965 equal voting rights were given to the black people. In 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated. He was a great inspiration during and after his death.
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Jesus then saw a poor widow come along and drop in two little copper coins. He then told his disciples that the widow had put more in the offering box than all the others. When Jesus told His disciples that the widow had put in "more", he was speaking metaphorically. She gave all that she could give to God, hoping that because of her kindness, God would help her. This tells Christians that Jesus wanted his disciples to be like this, to give all they could to God.
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This story tells us that our discipleship must be the most important thing in our life, that we would leave everything we have to follow Jesus as God's call is the most important than anything else. The teaching of the discipleship to the people, might affect the life of a Christian because if you have faith in God and his miracles, the teaching should have an affect on a Christians life. If a Christian believes in the miracles that Jesus made long time ago when he was in the earth, then the Christian believes in his teaching that is still teach now in church.
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In the papers we read of stories where children have displayed signs of trust where the trustworthy person has taken advantage of the situation and abused the child one of the most recent cases is the (Huntley case and Maxine Carr where they abused the trust of two young teenage girls and in the time they abused the girls ,they killed them in cold blooded murder .from my own personal experience I believe that the 21stC is the most notorious time to be brought into the world.
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We use the word 'vocation' to describe a call from God to follow his Son in the way of life he shows us in the gospels. For some people, this call is to devote their entire lives to serving God in such a drastic way as to become a member of a religious order, whereas for others, it can have a more personal meaning. In both cases however, discipleship means making Jesus' way of live the model and pattern of their own lives.
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I would consider a true disciple to be committed, dedicated, willing to help others and wanting to share in Jesus' faith and expectations. Just like the first disciples, we received a call to live out our discipleship; this occurs at baptism. Having been baptised, Christians are expected to act as the disciples did, by showing faith towards God, loving and caring for our neighbour, and by giving to those less well off than ourselves. There are many examples of people who actively live out their vocation and act as true disciples.
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At once they followed him. But why did Jesus choose fishermen? It was probably because they each shared qualities that Jesus liked. They had patience, as they often fished at night, usually for long periods of time and sometimes they caught nothing. This would be a helpful quality in spreading the good news because it would mean they would be patient towards people, waiting for them to understand, rather than them getting angry with someone who needed a longer amount of time to accept the good news. They had courage, well, they must have done because the Sea of Galilee was not a safe place, the sea could sometimes be very rough and it was Laura Mackie very dangerous.
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Explain how this teaching on discipleship might affect the everyday lives of Christian believers today? All Christians are individuals and have free will given to them by God. Each Christian
Everyone is called to by virtue of their baptism, even though they might not leave everything it still impacts. Some people such as literalist and fundamentalist Christians will interpret Jesus' teaching in a literal sense. They may feel they have to spread the good news by preaching it, to encourage others to follow Jesus. They may actually give up all they own and only keep what is necessary to survive. They can be compared to the widow in 'The Widow at the Treasury,' "This poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed...they have put in the money
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. The teachings on discipleship should be reflected in a person life everyday. The Gospel is important and relevant for all Christians today.The disciples were willing to leave everything they owned. They gave up everything for Jesus
At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto. She was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. The suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She had no funds but started an open-air school for slum children. Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.
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What did discipleship mean for the first disciples? A disciple was someone who followed or learned form another leader
An example of when they did not have enough faith to heal is 'The Epileptic Boy'. When they follow Jesus it is a complete change of direction and lifestyle. They went from being fishermen to preachers of gods message. They had to put a blind faith in Jesus. The disciples didn't ask any questions, they had complete trust and total acceptance in Jesus' call. The disciples dropped everything and took nothing which was a major sacrifice. They had to leave a lot of things such as food, clothes, personal belongings, family, friends and even their jobs.
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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
This instance is a good example that faith can prevail in often-implausible situations. Another important factor in becoming a disciple, Mark's Gospel teaches, is adopting certain characteristics of children. People began to bring their children to see, listen and touch Jesus because news of his spiritual magnitude was spreading. The disciples became angry with the growing crowds of children coming towards Jesus and they rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant, he said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
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Discipleship is to be lived out in the context of the Christian community. As individuals we are called to follow Jesus, and the church community is also called to a life of discipleship
Wherever Christian faith is active in love and truth, it is visible that God works in us to recreate us in the image of Christ, as himself the image of the invisible God. Many people around the world have tried to be 'salt and light' in their own individual way as a source of Godly influence in the world and to carry out the demands of discipleship. "You are the salt of the earth...you are light of the world" Matthew 5:13-16 One example is Mother Teresa.
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Faith is also reflected in the tax collector, Levi. Levi was an outlaw in his society, and when Jesus was passing he told Levi to "... 'Follow me.' Levi got up and followed him" this shows how trustworthy Jesus was. * Even today people are following Jesus. Everyday a new child is baptised into the Christian faith. These new children all become the disciples of God: "In our baptism, God has turned to us so that we might turn to him.
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Explain what a study of Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship? Discipleship is an initial theme in Mark's Gospel. It was important to the early Christians
Some of them were ordinary fishermen which shows us that whatever occupation you have you can be a disciple. James and John had bad tempers, as they were named "Boanerges" meaning "men of thunder", and they were still good disciples. Jesus chose these men as they all had the qualities of a good disciple. This shows that all Christians can become true disciples if they are committed. In the call of Levi it is the same principle, he was a tax collector but as soon as Jesus said, "follow me", 'Levi got up and followed him'. This shows that Jesus was willing to accept anyone as a disciple if they were going to truly follow God.
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"It is not possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.
The story of the Rich Young Man (Mk 10:17-31) is one of the best examples available to today's Christians to show that wealth is not only unimportant but is infact a hindrance for a disciple who wishes to enter the Kingdom of God: "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God." (Mk 10:23) As a disciple of Jesus one will experience doubt, failure and suffering, a disciple must also be willing to 'take up his cross' (Mk 8:34), similar to that of the first disciples.
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Jesus however did not follow this usual pattern; instead he himself went out and called the disciples. Marks Gospel tells of Jesus calling first four of the twelve apostles, the calling of these disciples is split into two distinct stories. The call of the first disciples (Simon-Peter, Andrew, James and John), (Mk 1:14-20) has many meanings, the immediate reaction; 'at once they left their nets and followed him', shows that the quality of trust and faith is an important aspect of any disciple. Jesus called two different sets of brothers, one of which is believed to come from a wealthy background ('hired men'), showing that discipleship is universal and that it does not discriminate against anyone, whatever the background.
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As such one has to remember that discipleship does not necessarily mean the dedication of one's life to another, the call of discipleship consists of many different points. A disciple of Jesus is one who accepts the teaching of Jesus Christ, thus one does not necessarily devote his life per se, and can instead have a family, thus bringing more people into the Christian family. To become a disciple of Christ and thus a devoted Christian has worryingly become increasingly unpopular.
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