What is a disciple?
Jesus the resurrected Christ is about to ascend to heaven and reminds His disciples of their main purpose. He tells them that they should be occupied with their core calling – to go make followers who will make followers; disciples who will make disciples.
Matthew 28:16-20 “Now the 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (NRSV)
To make disciples you must be a disciple. A disciple is a person who is living out the decision to follow Christ in everyday life. He or she is someone who knows Christ inwardly and is committed to living outwardly in love and obedience to Him. A disciple remains in the fellowship of the believers to be taught the truths of the faith (Acts 2:41-42). A disciple is then able to go out and win others and teach them. This was the pattern of the New Testament Church (2 Timothy 2:1-2).