What is a disciple? Webster defines a disciple as “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.” In Christianity, it refers to one who is a student or learner, a dedicated follower of Christ. In a practical sense, one who becomes like Him.
The New Testament book of Romans states that God chose us to be conformed to the image of His Son. Of course, that begins by having a relationship with Him. This is accomplished by responding to the gospel which is the power of God to salvation. It is the beginning of a new life, becoming a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
This new life must now be nurtured toward maturity in the things of God. Studying the Bible is key in developing into a mature disciple. In 2 Timothy 2:15, we are told to study in order to correctly handle the Word of truth. Again, in John 8:31, 32 we are admonished to continue in the Word so that we will know the truth and walk in freedom. We are also told to practice what we have learned.
A disciple makes disciples. This is in keeping with Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. (Mt 28:18). Like Paul in the New Testament, we are to teach with wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ (Col. 1:28). Our knowledge of Him and His Word will enable us to do that effectively.
The materials provided on this page are given to assist you in your understanding of how to become a true disciple of Christ. They are by no means meant to be a substitute for studying the Bible, but a catalyst to help you become thirsty for Him. The are freely given in Christ's name.