What does discipleship really mean?
According to Robby Gallaty of Replicate Ministries, discipleship is more than just having a Bible study, or going to Sunday school.
We get the term discipleship from Matthew 28:19 which states,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
This verse, known as The Great Commission, calls us to teach and make disciples of all nations.
“I think people have missed it, because we have gone just like the Word says, to the nations to teach, but as you know, teaching and discipleship are two different things.”
The truth about discipleship
According to Robby, discipleship involves teaching, but its way more than that. It’s not a class, it’s not a Bible study you sign up for, and it’s not a 12 week seminar.
“Discipleship is intentionally equipping people with the Word of God through accountable relationships, empowered by the Holy Spirit, in order to replicate faithful followers of Jesus Christ.”
The process of discipleship is never complete until the one who is being mentored is equipped to mentor someone themselves.
“If discipleship ends with us, it’s not true Biblical discipleship.”
What does a disciple-making relationship look like?
Perhaps the most important aspect of discipleship is being mission-minded.
“I want them to see that the greatest mission field they have is their neighborhood, it’s the most often overlooked and neglected part but it’s the great mission field we have.”
It’s also important to be willing to ask the tough questions when mentoring someone.
“Are you loving your wife as Christ loves the church? Are you living out the Gospel at your workplace?”