Becoming a Growing Disciple

To be a disciple means to be a student. Christians need to be students of God, Jesus, the Bible, and the people in our lives. We should be learning on our own as we become not only disciples OF Jesus but also disciples FOR Jesus. Perhaps memorize these verses and see if you gain a better understand how to be a “student of Jesus” for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Disciple of God: God calls us to be his disciples first and foremost. It is easier to see Jesus as our teacher, or to see the people around us as teachers, but God is our ultimate teacher (Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 7:9).

Disciple of Christ: John 13:13 quotes Jesus as saying, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” He is the greatest teacher who has ever lived (1 John 2:6, Colossians 2:6).

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11

Disciple of the Word: The Bible is a critical component in the life journey of followers of Jesus. It is also critical to our ability to lead and witness to lost people around us (Deuteronomy 11:18,19, James 1:22)

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Disciple of Others: God puts us into a community and we learn and grow within that community. Don’t dismiss the importance of being an active member of your church. You should also have a mentor or coach to help you learn (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10; Romans 12:4-5).

Disciple of Life: The world isn’t a mistake; it’s God’s creation for us to enjoy. Always learn from your experiences. Life is a string of teachable moments (1 Timothy 4:8, Colossians 3:23).

Disciple for Christ: A substantial part of learning is doing. You can listen to a talk about how to drive a car, but until you actually do it, you don’t know what it’s really like. You have been called to be a disciple for Christ, which means you are his advocate for his work in this world (1 John 3:18, 1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5

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