Matthew 28:16–18: Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

The Greek verb translated go is actually not a command but a present participle (going). The term “disciples” was the most popular name for the early believers. Being a disciple meant more than being a convert or a church member. Apprentice might be an equivalent term. A disciple attached himself to a teacher, identified with him, learned from him, and lived with him. He learned, not simply by listening, but also by doing. Our Lord called twelve disciples and taught them so that they might be able to teach others. A disciple, then, is one who has believed on Jesus Christ and expressed this faith by being baptized. He remains in the fellowship of the believers that he might be taught the truths of the faith. He is then able to go out and win others and teach them. This was the pattern of the New Testament church. 1

Your Word is Truth

According to John’s gospel, disciples of Jesus are known by their love for God and others. They are known by their love for the Word of God and obedience to its commands. They are known by bearing fruit in their lives. They are known by investing their lives into the lives of other. How does this biblical explanation of discipleship paint a portrait of your life as a disciple of Jesus? Do you like the picture your life has painted?

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. –2 Timothy 2:2

You Alone are God

Discipleship should be the personal portrait of every follower of Jesus. – TWEET IT

Your Will be Done

Lord, thank You for Your discipleship in my life. Keep teaching me in Spirit and in truth.

1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at