What is a Disciple?

If you've read the Bible, undoubtedly you've come across the term "disciple." What does it mean? After all, Jesus said that people who wanted to be disciples would have to deny themselves, give up everything for His sake, and follow Him forever.

1. A disciple is a learner.

Part of living as a disciple, sometimes referred to as "personal discipleship," is becoming an intentional student. That's right, intentional. Too many people hope to accidentally learn all they need spiritually just by showing up at church. But real disciples are committed to learning, and take purposeful steps toward knowing more.

- Do I intentionally learn about spiritual things? Do I study the Bible on my own?

2. A disciple is a follower.

Disciples don't just soak in information, they actually follow the teacher. They follow His teachings, they obey His Words, and they listen to His intentions. Disciples look toward their teacher and say, "I want to be like Him!"

- Do I follow Jesus?

3. A disciple multiplies.

It's impossible for a disciple to contain his teacher's message. It grows in his heart, influences his decisions, and comes out in his daily conversation. Ultimately, a disciple becomes like his teacher, and then begins to train others to follow the same teaching he has learned.

- Am I passing on what I learn from Jesus to others?

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Jesus said: "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).


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