What is a Disciple?

A “disciple” is a kind of student. It is someone who follows the teaching of, learns from, and models their life after someone else — in this case, Jesus.

Disciple-making is not a passive activity. It requires intentional, strategic behavior.

When Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, He left His followers explicit instructions. They were for the people with Him that day and for every follower of Jesus who would come after them. He said,

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20, NIV).

This instruction is known as the “Great Commission” because these words represent a critical assignment for the church as His people await His return.

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