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What is a Disciple?

Definition of a “Disciple”

A disciple is someone who is following and being formed by Jesus in all of life.

Linguistically, the word for “disciple” in the Greek is ‘mathetes’, and, although we translate it “disciple,” it also means learner, student, or follower. This word is most akin to the environment of an internship where an expert apprentices a student toward competency in a trade or skill. This relationship involves head knowledge but focuses upon applying that knowledge to everyday situations of life to equip the learner with wisdom. *

REMEMBER (30 min)

Remember God: Worship, Prayer or Communion

Remember each other: Care

  • Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in

Remember the Liturgy:

Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability

  • Topic The Gift- 5. Forever: As you asked the Lord to help you perceive and experience eternal life this last week, how did this truth affect people and issues you encountered?

REFLECT (30 min)

Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)

  • Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture

    • Topic Title : What is a disciple?

    • Share the Summary Scripture for the topic if you want : Matt 4:19

    • Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed

    • Share context for the Scripture: Luke 9:18-27


  • Read the Scripture: Luke 9:18-27

  • Discussion Questions

    • What is the biblical and historical context?

    • What does this reveal about God and People (optional)

    • In the story we see that Peter had a revelation of who Jesus is. As disciples, how does a growing revelation of who Jesus is affect how you follow him?

    • What does it mean to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Jesus?

    • How is Jesus forming you as you follow him in this season? (share in smaller groups if needed)

RESPOND (30 min)

Experience and Encounter

  • Identify one way you are being asked to deny yourself to experience a more abundant life as you follow Jesus. Share with one another and pray together.

  • Lord’s Supper (Communion)

Practice and Obey

  • Practice daily surrender to Jesus and listen to how you can follow Him each day. How are you being asked to deny yourself so you can experience the life Jesus has waiting?


  • The Lord’s Prayer

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