There is often a gap in our understanding of a NT disciple and what we experience in our churches. A movement leader is crystal clear on ten characteristics of a disciple.

First, disciples surrender to God’s will and maintain the work of their first love (Eph 1; Eph 5:18-19; Rev 2:4). 

Second, disciples declare the mystery of Christ to the nations (Eph 3:4-10, 1 Tim 2:1-4).

Third, disciples are equipped by movement leaders for ministry (Eph 4:12; 1 Tim). 

Fourth, disciples exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Eph 4-5).

Fifth, disciples are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses (Eph 5:18-19, 2 Tim 1:7). 

Sixth, disciples pray for opportunities to share the gospel because they know God is most glorified when more people are worshipping him (Eph 6:18-20, 1 Tim 2:1-4). 

Seventh, disciples are respectful of people and culture when they do evangelism (Acts 19:7, 37). 

Eighth, disciples learn sound doctrine from movement leaders who are able to teach (1 Tim 4:7). 

Ninth, disciples are willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel (2 Tim 1:8). 

Tenth, disciples are committed to multiplying more disciples (2 Tim 2:2). 

What you input into the congregation is what you will see as an output. If building disciples, you’ll see disciple makers. If building programs, you’ll see volunteers. Disciple makers multiply; volunteers stay busy.

Learn more on episode 7.