I started a(nother) new bible study this week. One that was supposed to start back in February but due to snow we never got together. The topic is Discipleship, and we are using a book called Sacred Roads. During our discussion tonight I started to wonder if I even really knew the definition of discipleship. It’s a word that is thrown around all the time–one of the ‘churchy’ words that you are given to use as a Christian–but what does it really mean? Wikipedia has no entry for it–it brings up Disciple. Which, yes, is probably part of it, but I was looking for more of a dictionary type of explanation.
On the Wikipedia page, it doesn’t list a definition it just goes into seven sub-article divisions:
- “Love one another”
- “Be transformed”
- The Great Commission
- Discipleship for The Twelve Disciples
- Family and wealth
- Other Biblical uses
- Discipleship Movement
I guess these can be a guideline to the meaning of discipleship, but it still doesn’t answer my question.
What do YOU think of when you hear the word discipleship?