Weekly Bible Teaching

By Rev. John Cortright on 07/09/2006


What is the Biblical term for a person who follows the teaching of Jesus Christ? The term "Christian" appears only three times. (Act 11:26; 26:38; I Peter 4:16) The term "believer" appears only twice. (Acts 5:14; I Tim 4:12) The term "saint" appears over 60 times. The term "disciple" appears over 200 times.

Before being called Christians the followers of Jesus Christ were called "disciples" of Christ.


A "disciple" of Christ is not the same as an "apostle" of Christ. An apostle is a specific gift ministry bestowed upon certain individuals as a ruling ministry in the Church. All "Apostles" are disciples, but not every disciple is an "Apostle."

What does it take to become a disciple of Christ?

A disciple (from the Latin discipulus, a pupil) is one who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher, and implies that the pupil is under the discipline of, and "understands" his teacher; and is adherent to the doctrine.

Greek: mathetes
From manthano
To learn by use and practice, to be in the habit of
Hebrew: limmud (Isa 8:16)
From lamad -- learn, instruct, diligent

John 8:30-32; 33-36 If you continue in my word, then you are truly disciples of Christ. You can become truly free. Free Indeed!

John 13:34-35 -- A disciple of Christ will have love for others.

John 15:1-8 A disciple of Christ abides in the vine. And as he does he bears much fruit, proving he is a disciple of Christ.

Luke 14:1, 15-35 (Luke 9:57-62)

Mark 10:17-27 Does it seem it is impossible? With God -- ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!"

Mark 10:28-30 - God will bless you right now in this present age -- 100 times more... and in the age to come -- ETERNAL LIFE!!!!

Luke 6:40 "Pupil" (NASB) = "Disciple" The disciple will never be above his teacher. But once trained -- He will be like his teacher. You and I can be like Christ, when we choose to live as he told us.

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