In the Bible, “disciples” are another name for “believers,” Christians,” “holy ones,” “saints,” “the church,” “the people of God,” and so on. (For a longer list, see Other Names for the Disciples of Jesus Christ.) Of all these terms, “disciples” is the most important. This is because being a disciple enables us to learn about all the others. That is, through being true disciples, we can achieve the fullness of what the Lord intended by all those other names.
As His disciples, our learning process is foremost a process of growth into His image (Luke 6:40).
This word – “disciple(s)” – appears at least once in 253 verses of the NASB New Testament, all in five books: Matthew (73x), Mark (42x), Luke (36x), John (74x), Acts (28x). (The related word “discipline” appears in 17 verses, all in the Epistles.)
Here are various posts on disciples and related subjects.
- A Learning Process
- Become Like Jesus
- Christians Are Disciples
- Descriptions of New Testament Believers’ Gatherings
- From One Way of Living to Another
- God Has Many – Not a Few – Things to Teach Us
- Handed Down, Delivered, Etc.
- New Testament Believers Gathered to the Scriptures and the Spirit – Not Just to Each Other
- Other Names for the Disciples of Jesus Christ
- Parents Are Teachers of Their Children
- Study (Don’t disciples study?)
- The Apostles’ Teaching Was Deemed by Outsiders as Little More Than a Sectarian Dispute Among Jews
- The Book and the People of the Lord and His Covenant
- The Instruction Is About Righteousness
- The Interaction of the Saints
- The Lord Is Our Teacher
- The People of God Have a Teacher, Text, Subject, and Course
- The Twofold Function of the Apostles: Testifying and Teaching
- Vocabulary of Discipleship
- We Are Disciples…with a Teacher, a Text, and a Topic
Matthew 28:19 – “make disciples of all the nations”