Discipleship is a word that does not appear in the New Testament, but Christians and churches use this word to describe Christian living. While our definitions are often similar, Jesus clearly defines what it means to be a disciple, or Christian, and His definition is definitive.
The word “disciple” (μαθητής or mathetes, meaning disciple, student) appears 261 times in the Gospels and Acts. The word “Christian” only appears three times, twice in Acts and once in 1 Peter. The very last words that Jesus left us with before ascending back to the Father were these: Jesus came near and said to […]