Definition: lit., a learner" (from manthano, "to learn," from a root math--, indicating thought accompanied by endeavor), in contrast to didaskalos, "a teacher;" hence it denotes "one who follows one's teaching," as the disciples of John, Matt 9:14; of the Pharisees, Matt 22:16; of Moses, John 9:28.
It is used of the disciples of Jesus:
(a) in a wide sense, of Jews who became His adherents, John 6:66; Luke 6:17, some being secretly so, John 19:38;
(b) especially of the twelve Apostles, Matt 10:1; Luke 22:11, e.g.;
(c) of all who manifest that they are His "disciples" by abiding in His Word, John 8:31; cp. John 13:35; John 15:8;
(d) in the Acts, of those who believed upon Him and confessed Him, John 6:1-John 6:2, John 6:7; John 14:20, John 14:22, John 14:28; John 15:10; John 19:1, etc.
Christian discipleship is multi-faceted. If someone only learns what Jesus taught, then that person is a student of Jesus. But a disciple not only learns the teachings of Christ, but internalizes them. They become the disciple’s modus operandi, his method of operating or functioning; they inform every aspect of his life. He not only knows them, but he becomes devoted to them, he understands them, obeys them, and finally—he teaches them to others.
In addition to the regular discipleship that occurs in the routine body life of our local church, V-HOFCC offers three practical venues for Christian discipleship. The first is Leadership Institute (LI) which is designed for the leadership development of men. Every householder should consider himself the “pastor” of his own family. LI teaches each participant to “think like an elder.”
The second is the Family Discipleship Plan. The church’s biblical role is enlightening, encouraging, equipping and empowering fathers, but not replacing them in their roles as the primary disciplers of their children. The Family Discipleship Plan offers fathers a path by which, with their own personal skills and academic abilities, they can fulfill the unique biblical mandates within their own homes.
The third is Christian apologetics. Christian apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is a field of Christian theology concerned with the intelligent presentation and defense of the historical Christian faith. This defense is aimed at challenges from both outside and inside the Church. Children age 11 and up are discipled by their parents how to persuasively give a reason for the hope that lies within them (I Peter 3:15).
Each of these important areas of discipleship are explained in their own pages under the pull-down menu of "Discipleship."
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