Discipleship Essay

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Discipleship At the mention of the word "disciple", the image most people conjure up is that of a faithful pupil, a person more than willing to follow the teachings of their leader without question. However, the early disciples didn’t always conform to this stereotype. In fact, they sometimes showed a complete lack of faith, finding it extremely hard to accept Jesus’ word in their hearts.      Jesus appointed twelve disciples to symbolize each of the twelve tribes of Israel. In doing so, it were as if he were replacing the Old Judaism with his new covenant. This symbolized a new, more personal relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ.      In choosing his apostles,…show more content…
Despite all these faults however, and many more, he was still appointed as the first Pope of the Roman Catholic church, and eventually ended up dying for his beliefs (Acts of the Apostles).      At that time, this was not unusual, as many Christians were being persecuted for their beliefs. A man named Mark soon realized that in order to keep the Christian faith alive and strong, he would have to write the Gospel down. However, Mark’s Gospel is not a biography. He did not include every minor detail, but only the points about Jesus that he thought were helpful for his community to cope with persecution. For this reason, I will be using Mark’s Gospel as reference material throughout this essay, and also because there is a sense in which Mark’s gospel, with the intention of giving testimony to the Good News, also provides a really effective teaching manual for his early church readership.      I have already shown that from Mark’s Gospel we learn that the call to discipleship is open to all, in Christ’s broad selection of people and personalities -- ranging from fiery, hard working fishermen, to a tax collector and a political agitator. Mark also shows his readers that a ‘crisis of faith’ is okay. After all, if Peter provides the model we all need to remember (as did
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