What is a disciple?

The standard definition of “disciple” is someone who adheres to the teachings of another. It is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. Applied to Jesus, a disciple is someone who learns from Him to live like Him — someone who, because of God’s awakening grace, conforms his or her words and ways to the words and ways of Jesus. John shows us three complementary perspectives on what it means to follow Jesus, each patterned after Jesus himself: worshiper (John 4:23-24,) a servant (John 13:14-15,) and a witness (Acts 1:8.)

“Discipleship — following Jesus — is to live before God’s face, to dwell in his presence, to be satisfied in all that he is. We follow as creatures of grace, entering into the fellowship of the triune God in whose presence there is fullness of joy, at whose right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Jonathan Parnell

Benefits of Discipleship

Discipleship builds humility.

The heart is deceitful and so to trust yourself at all times is probably not the best route to take (Jeremiah 17:9). Wise counsel from a friend, pastor, or spouse could be just the thing God uses for our protection.

Discipleship unites us with fellow believers.

Most of the time people won’t know the details of your life unless you are willing to share with them. Being willing to be discipled by another provides an opportunity for prayer and mutual encouragement (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). We want to pursue one another because we are members of his body (Ephesians 5:30).

Discipleship equips us for faithfulness.

Paul tells us in Titus 2:3 that the older women in the church should teach what is good and train the younger women. They are to equip other women in how to walk in step with the truth of the gospel. And this isn’t a suggestion — it is God’s instruction for how we should relate to one another.

what does this look like at catalyst?

At Catalyst we believe that being a disciple of Jesus means two things - KNOW and DO.  We need KNOW Jesus personally and what He teaches and we need to DO what Jesus did and does. 

At Catalyst there are two discipleship modules. 

1. The KNOW module includes learning how to have a personal relationship with Jesus, the foundations of the Christian faith and an overview of the Bible as a whole.  The lessons are done in a classroom and group setting to facilitate the learning of content.  Your teacher is equipped to answer questions you might have and  to teach you the content.

To join the KNOW  module register below for the next one or contact Dave Lewis for more information dalewis899@gmail.com

2. The DO module includes learning to model your life after Jesus by imitating his habits and way of life.  These lessons are more of a practicum.  You are paired up with a discipler and a small community of like-minded people that help each other become more like Jesus.  This life-on-life approach is designed to facilitate true life-transformation through modeling, imitation and feedback. 

To join the DO module you must first complete KNOW.  Groups are formed from the previous KNOW classes.