What Does the Bible Say About Discipleship?

What is discipleship?

A Definition of Disciple

A disciple is a person who follows Jesus—to know Jesus and his teaching; to grow more like Jesus; and to go for Jesus, serving others and making new disciples.

The Greek word disciple means “student” or “learner.” In New Testament times, a disciple entered into a master-apprentice relationship with his teacher. A disciple’s hope was to acquire his mentor’s wisdom and skills, and to imitate his life. The leader’s expectation was that, once trained, his disciple would repeat the process.

Jesus began his public ministry by urging people to “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, NASB). He then called those who were responsive to his message to become his devoted followers. Approaching some simple fishermen, he said, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17, NASB).

According to Jesus, discipleship alters every facet of life: our beliefs (knowing), our essential nature (growing), and our actions (going). Using Christ’s words from Mark 1:17, the chart at the bottom of the page shows how discipleship affects every facet of a disciple’s life.

Jesus’ unlikely band of 12 disciples spent three amazing years with him. They listened to his authoritative words. They observed his awe-inspiring miracles. Christ invested huge amounts of time in his followers. He trained them and introduced them to a life of humble servanthood. He modeled for them how to love (John 13:33–34).

Slowly but surely, their lives were radically transformed by watching and imitating. After his death and his resurrection, and just before returning to heaven, Jesus called his followers together and commissioned them to help others learn to follow him:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18–20).


Rose Guide to Discipleship

Ready-to-Teach Diagrams, Infographics, Life Applications

You already know that discipleship is important. So, the question is not should you disciple, it is how to disciple: How can you help others become more Christ-like? What topics do you need to cover to make sure they mature in their spiritual journey? How do you help develop spiritual growth.

Featuring simple summaries, charts, and illustrations, this reproducible guide is perfect for the church leader who wants ready-to-use lessons for discipling new believers. Every leader knows it isn’t enough to lead a person to Christ, and stop there.

Each Discipleship Topic Includes

  • Core truth or theme sentence
  • A memory verse
  • A basic Bible study of the key passages with questions
  • A handout on the topic to fill out and take home
  • Graphics: Charts, diagrams, infographics
  • Questions to draw out the key principles
  • Life applications

Enjoy having this easy-to-understand guide includes 30 ready-to-use lessons on 30 discipleship topics: Becoming more like Jesus, salvation, forgiveness, prayer, trusting God, how to study the Bible, and other spiritual growth topics!

Perfect for personal or group use. Hardcover, 296 pages, full color, fully-reproducible. Size: 8.75 x 11.25 inches.

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