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masterplanheader1 • Becoming a Disciple-Maker


The word “disciple” designates a learner or follower such as an apprentice. Always implies a personal attachment which shapes the whole of the disciple’s life. It is the task of the disciple to learn, study, and pass along the sayings and teachings of the master. “In rabbinic Judaism, the term “disciple” referred to one who was committed to the interpretations of scripture and religious tradition given him by the master or rabbi. Through a process of learning which would include a set meeting time and such pedagogical methods as question and answer, instruction, repetition, and memorization, the disciple would become increasingly devoted to the master and the master’s teachings. In time, the disciple would likewise pass on the traditions to others” (Holman Bible Dictionary) A teacher teaches a learner through: *

  • Meeting with Him
  • Question & Answer
  • Instruction
  • Repetition
  • Memorization

The disciple should become a discipler. “It follows that whatever form our evangelism takes, winning and training disciples to disciple others must have preeminence.”

― Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism


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