What is a Disciple?

Questions for reflection or group discussion:

  • Of the 17 different definitions offered in this video, which would you say is the most accurate? (You may need to watch the video again to be sure!)
  • Why do you think everyone’s definition was different?
  • Was there a definition that surprised you, or one that you disagree with?
  • If you were being interviewed, what would you say a disciple is?

What does a Disciple do?

Questions for reflection or group discussion:

  • One of those being interviewed said, “A follower of Jesus acts differently [than] the people outside.” Do you agree? If so, what are some behaviors that are distinctive to disciples?
  • Another interviewee said that disciples have “more compassion, more tolerance of the people around them. They’re not as judgmental . . .” Is this true of Christians that you know? Should it be true of Christian disciples?
  • If you were being interviewed, what would you say a disciple does?
  • Is there a difference between what a disciple IS and what a disciple DOES? Should there be a difference?

Why are you a Disciple?

Questions for reflection or group discussion:

  • Two of those interviewed mentioned happiness as a result of discipleship. One said, “Good things happen when you follow Christ.” Do you agree? Are Christian disciples always happy? How are we to understand challenges and struggles in the lives of those who claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • One interviewee explained that the more he learned about being a disciple, the more he was able to help others in their discipleship. How are you learning about discipleship? How are you sharing what you’ve learned with others?
  • One woman shared that God is there to welcome her back “no matter how many times I slip.” Another woman shared that discipleship is “a lifelong journey . . . a process.” Can you think of a time when you seemed to go backward in your relationship with God, or when God seemed far away? How has this experience helped you to grow as a disciple?
  • In one interview, the speaker talked about being a disciple, but also about knowing Christ. What is the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing Christ? What is the church’s role in helping people to grow in both types of knowing?