The terminology of “disciple” is used over 260 times in the New Testament. A central core of the Theological fabric of the New Testament is on disciples and discipleship.
The local church is called to “make disciples,” as its primary purpose. In this, the word “disciple” literally means a learner. In essence, the core meaning of this word is someone who follows and learns another’s teaching.
Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit. A Christian disciple is also person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ultimately, discipleship is the process where believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God.; as it is here where genuine discipleship can begin.
Ask yourself this:
- What does a disciple look like according to the Bible?
- What does a disciple look like in your church?
When asking yourself these questions, try to think of what the finished product looks like that you church is producing and if this productivity is effective and shows your church to be good stewards of the calling, purpose, and mission of the Lord’s church.