Defining a Disciple
I came across this definition of a disciple from the book, InnovateChurch and I really like it.
A disciple is a person who has trusted Christ for salvation and has surrendered completely to Him. He or she is committed to practicing the spiritual disciplines in community and developing to their full potential for Christ and His mission.
It establishes that you are indeed a follower of Christ, that you have a personal responsibility to be transformed, and that you have a personal responsibility to join the mission of Christ in making other disciples. To see the characteristics of a disciple, see my previous post about making disciples.
Discipleship is the process churches use to make disciples. Here is the book’s definition of discipleship.
Discipleship is the process of guiding individual disciples to grow in spiritual maturity and to discover and use their gifts, talents, and abilities in fulfillment of Christ’s mission.
Are you a disciple? And is your church making disciples?