What Is Discipleship?

By definition, a disciple is a follower of someone. Thus, Christian discipleship means teaching to become a follower of Christ. A Christian disciple accepts the Biblical doctrines of Christianity, help spread the gospel of Christ,  and most of all a believer of Christ. On the other hand, a discipler is the one who disciples.

From the definition above, we can conclude therefore that Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christian disciples  are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts, to overcome the trials in our daily lives. Thus, become more and more Christlike in the way he speaks, act, and thinks.

This process requires a Christian disciple to respond to the Holy Spirit’s audible small voice examining his thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This means that we have to be saturated with the Word of God, the Bible—by studying it daily, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to share the gospel that has been revealed on us, the hope that we profess (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way.

Here’s an excerpt from the article taken from Discipleshiptools.org

What is Discipleship?

By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12

What is discipleship and what is Jesus calling us to in Matthew28:18-20? Is this a command, or a suggestion; does it mean we are just to evangelize and let people find their faith on their own, or does this mean we are to lead others and teach the precepts of the Scriptures and the character of our Lord? Does it require obedience and action on our part, or are we disciples just by being a Christian and being in a church on Sundays?

This passage at the end of Matthew’s Gospel is what is called the “Great Commission.” This is also the great failure of the church! This is the main call to the church from our Lord and Savior, and is the one thing most churches do not do at all! This is the main reason for a church to exist, yet can you name one church that actually teaches people the basics of the faith and then moves them deeper into the precepts of His love and Word through all of the seasons of life? If discipleship is mostly absent from our churches, then most Christians will not understand how to live out their faith. They will not be able to handle problems, witness, share their faith, or grow effectively spiritually, because no one is modeling, or showing them the way! Some churches do a great job with evangelism, but once the people come in, they are stored in the pews. Where is discipleship? What is it? Is the back door of the church as big as the front door?

Being a disciple encompasses more than just asking Christ in, and goes far beyond baptism. Our conversion, our acceptance of Christ as Savior, our election, is the beginning, the entrance, into the faith and Christian life. It is not the only act of being a Christian! It would be like joining a club, but never venturing into the club. Baptism is initiation and public dedication. It is to be the door through which we go in our walk of faith, as is also our profession and testimony of our faith publicly. It does not stop there! It starts there!

So, what does the average church do about discipleship? In most churches, people are encouraged to accept Christ or make a profession of faith. Then, they are congratulated, put on the membership role, and then quickly forgotten. Sadly, the Church has forsaken discipleship, and has left its members to figure out these spiritual growth things on their own. In doing so, it causes many to give up on Christianity, while others become confused, calloused, or complacent, or they are swept away by false doctrines and cults because they do not know the difference.

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