What does being a disciple mean?

The dictionary provides a simple definition for a disciple, being a “follower, adherent, believer, student, or supporter.” In addition, a disciple is one who believes and follows the teachings of another, and desires to learn more of his master’s will.

An important aspect to discipleship is faith. The Bible teaches us in Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Therefore, we need to believe have faith in order to follow him as a disciple. It’s a simple concept in theory but a difficult one to practice.

At the core of our theological framework, we must acknowledge one thing: That God wants the very best for us. He wants us to understand the meaning of life (to its eternal ends). He also wants us to view our relationship as familial—he is our father and we are his children.

Consider God’s goal for you: He wants to transform us into the image of his son Jesus Christ! Romans 8:29 states: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

The sum of our experiences is so that we can become like Jesus. All the heartache, love, pain, joy, and difficulty we experience help mold us into something greater than we can become on our own.

So, why bother being a disciple?

First, because we believe in Jesus. We know that he lives and reigns in power and glory! We also believe his word to be true.

Second, because we understand that God wants the very best for us. Our theology is pointed towards God’s grace and purpose and not towards our present circumstances. This is how we know that all things work for good!

Last, we become disciples because we understand that it is the transformative process to make us into the people God wants us to be. His life and teachings transform us into what God intended—the very best version of ourselves!