Discipleship and Mark's Gospel Mark's Gospel can tell us the entire truth about discipleship, telling Christians about the faith, responsibility, and sacrifice involved in following Jesus. Some may even say that we glimpse a harsh reality of what it really means to be a true Christian disciple and to have complete faith. Although in saying this, it is important to note that Mark's Gospel does also cover the rewards and the actual meaning of discipleship. This is important to include as Mark's Gospel was written at a time when Christians endured much persecution. They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel.
Christian Beliefs About Forgiveness Christians believe that forgiveness is there trade mark and is essential that you call yourself a Christian. Jesus had more to say about forgiveness than anything else through out his teaching. So this shows us how important it is to us today. He taught forgiveness and carried his teaching into his own life. The old law of moses stated “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life”.
Any wealth they have they might acquire, should be shared with those less fortunate than themselves. Christians must put bible teachings, and their faith into practice. There are so many teachings in the bible that show a Christian their responsibilities. Even if they are not expressed directly, a Christian should realise what is right to do from following other teachings in the bible and the example that Jesus set in the way he lived his life. He taught to "Love thy Neighbour" and he did so himself.
Rarely do he thinks spiritually. Jesus wants his teaching to be taken in the heart and obeyed. As Christians, it is imperative that they know who they are in Christ to face persecutions and to live so they can impact the world; because when people see Christians, they should see Jesus. However, being part of the Kingdom should reflect the heart of Jesus and show mercy to people. God requires more from the believer than living by a set of rules.
Another example of service is volunteer work to help the poor and unfortunate. Jesus taught us “if one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest. For even the son of man didn’t come to be served. This shows us that the life of a Christian today must involve service. Prayer is another way in which discipleship affects Christian life.
How can I learn more about Him, His desires, His promises, His blessings? To learn more about Jesus, begin reading the New Testament. There is plenty there to give a reader a very good idea of who Jesus was and what He stood for. He touched the lives of thousands of people; helping, healing, teaching and loving them. There is information to the believer explaining how to live a Christian life; the things we should and should not do, as well as how to treat others.
Christians disciples in today’s world try to witness their faith to others and follow Jesus along the way of the cross living through today’s persecutions. Is this the same as discipleship as described in Mark’s Gospel? If you examine the key aspects of discipleship: having faith in God, putting God before all else, putting others before yourself, being willing to suffer for God, learning about God‘s Kingdom, spreading the Gospel, following Jesus’ teachings and serving others you can clearly see that all these aspects are all still relevant today. However in today’s hectic and increasingly materialistic world it is harder to fulfil the promises of discipleship. It may be argued that many people today lack true faith because they do not attend church regularly but still consider themselves Christians.
Through such literary devices as personification, religious symbolism and allusion, Bunyan teaches his readers the important concepts regarding the journey to salvation. The moral of the story is that Christians must struggle to overcome fear, spiritual doubt and temptation of worldly desires in order to be saved. In 2 Timothy 3:12, believers are told that “everyone who wants to live for Christ will suffer for it.” Suffering is part of spirituality but it is through the challenges that Christians grow closer to God.
This is our promise from Jesus that He would send us a comforter, guide, a teacher, and a power that would sustain us throughout our Christian walk. The accounts shown in scripture on the Day of Pentecost and Peter preaching to the Gentiles prove that speaking in tongues are the evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is also a gift that is as important as love is to the church and to Christians in general.
Furthermore, CAFOD operates because it believes in the basis equality of all people in the sight of God. All who have been baptised share in the risen life of Christ, and CAFOD tries to "bring the good news to the poor" (Luke 4:18) as Jesus did. CAFOD is a way of being with Christ who is hungry, thirsty and in need. Moreover, most poor people whether in western or developing countries are uncomfortable and embarrassed, as they take charity out of necessity not choice. If given the choice, most people who have