Every Christian is on their own personal discipleship journey to become more like Jesus. And even though churches often talk about discipleship, some pastors may not know exactly where to start.

If you’re a pastor, you may have questions like, “Where can I find specific Bible verses about discipleship?” or “What is discipleship, and why is it so important?” 

These are fair and important questions! After all, the word “discipleship” does not appear anywhere in the Bible. To find answers to these questions, let’s explore what it means to be a disciple and uncover lessons we can learn from scriptures on discipleship.

What is discipleship?

What is discipleship?

Before we can understand discipleship, it’s important to define what is meant by the term “disciple.” A Christian disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ, someone who is devoted to becoming like Jesus by studying his teachings and mirroring every aspect of his life. Jesus himself explained it this way:

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” 

Luke 6:40 (ESV)

So what does discipleship mean? This post was originally posted on the Subsplash blog. Continue reading the blog post 36 Bible verses about discipleship every pastor needs to know and learn and the practical lessons they can teach us today!

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