John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Ask 20 pastors what a disciple is and you’ll get 19 different answers. If church leaders can’t even decide on what the word means, how can we hope to define it? As with most biblical truths, we must start with the Bible. What does it say about a disciple?
It all starts with the Word. Jesus said to His followers that those who abide in His Word are truly His disciples. But to be clear, that doesn’t just mean that reading the Bible a lot makes you a disciple. Nor does it mean that learning a lot about the Bible makes you a disciple. Abiding in God’s Word means living it. Each and every move you make in life is grounded in the truth of the Word. You live according to it.
A disciple is a fully surrendered follower of Jesus Christ who studies the Word, regards it as authority, prays like Jesus, is devoted to fellowship, is spirit filled, serves God, serves others, is a good steward, grows, shares, ministers, and loves. A disciple should be obvious to anyone, no matter what their beliefs, but a disciple is set apart from the world.