The Process of Discipleship


Purpose of this seminar:

  1. Believers would develop a Biblical approach to discipleship
  2. Believers would have a workable plan for discipleship


1. What is Discipleship?



1. mathetes (3101), 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, cf. 13:35; 15:8; (d) in the Acts, of those who believed upon Him and confessed Him, 6:1-2, 7; 14:20, 22, 28; 15:10; 19:1, etc.

A “disciple” was not only a pupil, but an adherent; hence they are spoken of as imitators of their teacher; cf. John 8:31; 15:8.




1. Capitalized: a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus’s son Telemachus.


2. a: a trusted counselor or guide

Webster’s dictionary


A Disciple is: one who Imitates/Patterns/ example from another, who has authority, in such a way that it literally changes his/her live.


Discipleship is: Developing disciples by teaching others to be what you already are.


2. Principles of Discipleship


Two words are used to indicate discipleship:


Follow(imitate) and example (pattern)



Ephesians 5:1

  • Imitate by: Removing sin


1 Corinthians 4:16

  • Imitate by: Relationship Building


1 Corinthians 11:1

  • Imitate by: Restricting Liberty


1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14; Hab. 3:17-18

  • Imitate by: Resolute living with joy


Hebrews 6:12

  • Imitate by: Reaching higher


NOTE: Paul was a team player. The word follower is in the plural.


3. Philosophy of Discipleship


To see a believer mature in their Christian walk/life by listening, learning and living Biblical principles through the example and exhortation of another.


4. Purpose of Discipleship


The Spiritual growth of believers.


5. Program for Discipleship


Ensample – pattern


Example of its use in Scripture:

John 20:25; 1 Cor 10:6; 1 Thes 1:7; 1 Tim 4:12; Titus 2:7-8


1.        Put together a plan for spiritual growth.


2 Thes 3:9; 1 Peter 5:3; Phil 3:17


2.       Put together a 3 fold discipleship plan

a.      Very Resourceful People


They IGNITE our passion


Find a Paul




b.     Very Important People


They SHARE our passion


Find an Epaphroditus – Philippians 2: 25-30


            Brother -                      Close

            Laborer-                       companion

            Fellow Soldier              Comrade (WWII vets)

            Messenger                    Communicator

            Minister to wants          care-taker


c.      Very Teachable People


They CATCH our passion


Find a Timothy (Philippians 2: 20-22)


Someone who is:






Reach the reachable and teach the teachable!


Those to be aware of:


d.     Very Nice People


They enjoy our passion


e.      Very Draining People


They sap our passion



Aim – Goal, set specific goals


Appointment – schedule into daily routine


Accountability – people, learn from then pour into another

[1]Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W. (1996). Vine's complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words. Nashville: T. Nelson.