The process of becoming a committed follower of Jesus Christ.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
DiscipleshipThe scene of disciples* following Jesus around during his earthly ministry dominates the Gospel* panorama. That vision of discipleship demands our attention, both on an historical as well as a personal level. Discipleship can be narrowly understood in terms of the historical master-disciple
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Disciple, Discipleship
Disciple, DiscipleshipLike the master-apprentice relationship, though in a religious context, the teacher—disciple relation is a socially recognized quasi-contractual institution primarily for the purpose of learning. Although the term scarcely appears in the OT, the concept is implicit in the companies,
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
DISCIPLESHIPDiscipleship is the practice of being a disciple—in Christian usage, a disciple or follower-learner-adherent of Jesus as Master, teacher, Lord (Mt 7:28–29; 8:25; Lk 8:24). In Greek usage, the disciple was an apprentice, an adherent to the teaching of a particular school or person; in Hebrew
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DISCIPLESHIP.—In the Gospels no word expressive of ‘discipleship’ occurs, although they are full of the living reality which it expresses. This is not surprising, for it is never God’s way to teach abstract truth, but truth embodied in actual life. From the concrete and the living facts it is left to
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Disciple, Discipleship
disciple, discipleship. The idea of discipleship is very old, and common among the Greeks (mathētēs G3412, “disciple,” occurring over 250 times in the NT; fem. mathētria G3413, only in Acts 9:36). Though words for “disciple” or “student” rarely occur in the OT (talmîd H9441, 1 Chr. 25:8; limmud H4341,
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
DISCIPLES AND DISCIPLESHIPThe first-century world displayed a variety of religious, philosophical and political leaders, all of whom had followers who were committed to their cause, teaching and beliefs. While several different terms designated these followers, disciple was one of the most commonly
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
b. The Ethic of Discipleship
b. The ethic of discipleship. Jesus proclaims the gospel of the Kingdom to all Israel and summons people to follow him as his disciples, among whom the Twelve play a central role. Jesus’ disciples are given the mystery of the kingdom of God (4:11) and are expected to understand the hidden presence of
DISCIPLE, DISCIPLESHIP [μαθητής mathētēs]. These terms involve the role of pupil or adherent. The term discipleship appears nowhere in the Bible, while the term disciple occurs roughly 260 times in the NT, exclusively within the Gospels and Acts, and (in most modern translations) once in the OT (Isa
Key passages
Mt 4:18–21

Now as he was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew, throwing a casting net into the sea (for they were fishermen). And he said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” And immediately …

Mt 8:18–22

Now when Jesus saw many crowds around him, he gave orders to depart to the other side. And a scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go!” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man …

Mk 8:34–35

And summoning the crowd together with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me …

Lk 14:25–33

Now large crowds were going along with him, and he turned around and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and furthermore, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever …

1 Jn 2:4–6

The one who says “I have come to know him,” and does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in this person. But whoever keeps his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him. The one who says that he resides in him ought …

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