WHAT IS A DISCIPLE OF
I. In Acts 11:26; we see that a Christian is
II. This raises the question of what is a
III. The definition of a disciple.
A. lit., a learner...it denotes one who
follows one's teaching,... Vine's
Expository Dictionary of New Testament
B. a learner, pupil, disciple:...one who
follows one's teaching
I. A disciple is a learner (a student).
A. John 8:31. (my WORD)
B. He studies the word or teaching of Jesus.
1. He does this so he can "correctly
handles the word of truth." 2 Timothy
2. Also, that he can give an answer or
give a defense "to everyone who asks
you to give the reason for the hope
that you have." 1 Peter 3:15
C. Yet, many disciples today do not really study.
1. Hosea 4:6
2. "What passes for Bible study in a lot
of congregations is the 'pooling of
ignorance." (Connie Adams)
3. "I've learned in band that you get
out of something what you put in it."
4. Psalms 119:9, 97; 1:1-3.
5. Listen to tapes of sermons, singings,
and Bible while driving in the car;
attending meetings, read articles on
D. "If you continue..." reflects the type of
life we live.
II. A disciple is a follower.
A. John 8:31 (MY word).
B. He follows Jesus Christ; Not:
1. some man
2. some creed
3. some church
4. The result. Gal. 1:6-9.
C. "If you continue..." reflects the type of
life we live.
III. A disciple is one who is willing to die.
A. Figuratively (dead to the world)
1. Luke 14:26 (Matthew 10:37-39; Mark
2. Galatians 2:20
B. Literally (willing to die for Christ)
1. Luke 14:26-27; Matthew 10:38-39.
2. Revelation 2:10
IV. A disciple loves all other disciples.
A. What is it that sets a Christian from the
B. Jesus gives the world the right to judge
if we are His people by one standard.
1. That standard is not:
a. instrumental music.
b. support or non-support of human
c. when and how often we partake of
the Lord's Supper.
d. as important as these things are.
2. The standard is found in John 13:34-35.
a. When the world sees all the hateful
and spiteful actions of "members"
they have the right to say "These
people are not God's people because
they do not love one another."
b. "You ask in many communities about
the church of Christ and you will
hear all too often, 'Oh, they are
that bunch on the corner that can't
get along and are always in a fuss
about something.' Wonder why you
will never convert anyone in that
community?" Rodney Miller
(Searching the Scriptures)
c. Consider these three points from John
1) It is a command to love one another.
2) The object of that love.
3) The quality of that love.
C. 1 John 3:14-15, 17; 4:7-12, 19-21.
D. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
V. A disciple is one who bears fruit.
A. John 15:8
B. Galatians 5:22-23
C. Other Christians
I. Are you a disciple of Christ?
A. If not, you need to do what Peter told the
Jews in Acts 2:36-38.
B. You don't have a better opportunity than now.
II. If you have become one, but have not been
faithful, you need to repent (Acts 8:22),
confess your unfaithfulness (1 John 1:9),
and pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22).