Simple Definition of Disciple


Simple definition of disicple, what is a discipleHow Can We Make Disciples without knowing the Definition of a Disciple?  What does it mean to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ?

A Disciple is First a Learner

The responsibility of the church is to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19-20), and the responsibility of each Christian is to be a disciple.  We are disciplemaking disciples.  A disciple is a learner and a follower.  Webster defines disciple as “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.”  This definition assumes that we first “learn” those doctrines.

A Disciple is a Disciplemaker

“Making disciples” involves “going” with the purpose of evangelizing, “baptizing” with the purpose of banding together, and “teaching them to observe all” that Jesus commanded.  Paul’s goal and ours is “that we may present every man complete in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).  We want to produce well rounded disciples who have the tools to handle the trials and difficulties of life, as well as, the demands of making disciples.

Good Disciples Need Good Tools

Good discipleship means that we teach people how to grow spiritually by learning how to study the Bible, pray, give, serve, and go.  We must teach people the Bible and sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3).  We must also teach and model the foundation the Bible lays for family (Eph. 5:21-6:4), finances, relationships, spiritual gifts, coping with loss, developing a Christian worldview, etc.   It involves teaching people both knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.

We want to Make Well Rounded Disciples

As we begin LIFE University, we are setting out in an imperfect way to do a better job of equipping believers and making disciples.  Over time we will set out a number of discipleship tracts that will help to equip our members in areas such as Core Discipleship, New Testament Studies, Old Testament Studies, Theology, Life Skills, Spiritual Disciplines, Family Ministry, Mission Skills, and Ministry Skills.  I hope you will take a look at the course catalogue and sign up for a course this February.  I will be leading a teaching lab called, How to Teach the Bible.

Be All You Can Be For Jesus,

Bro. Kelly

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.


Simple Definition of disciple

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  • : someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person
  • : one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ

Full Definition of disciple

  1. 1 :  one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: as a :  one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ’s followers according to the Gospel accounts b :  a convinced adherent of a school or individual
  2. 2 capitalized :  a member of the Disciples of Christ founded in the United States in 1809 that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice, usually baptizes by immersion, and has a congregational polity

Synonym Discussion of disciple

follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another <an evangelist and his followers>. adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment <adherents to Marxism>. disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master <disciples of Gandhi>. partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment <partisans of the President>.

2835 The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Christ.

Henry Varley
Edythe Draper, Draper’s Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 157.

5364 As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.
Edythe Draper, Draper’s Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Growth”.



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Pastor, Church Planter, Evangelist and Consultant in Chandler, Arizona. Licensed by Second Baptist Church in Lamesa, Texas. Ordained by Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas. Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas 1985-1987. Pastor at Dixon Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas 1987-1999. Pastor at Wellspring Church in Chandler, Arizona July 1999 - July 2009. Currently serving as Executive Pastor at Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. Available for Pulpit Supply, Interims, Evangelistic Crusades, Revivals, Bible Conferences, Seminars, Pastoral Consulting, Church Consulting, Capital Campaign Consulting, and Conversation over a Coke Zero.