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The Learning Disciple

What is it to be a disciple? A disciple is a lot like an apprentice: one who commits to a focused, transformative learning experience. We can understand this by letting words have their proper meaning. The Bible uses ‘disciple’ as both a noun and a verb; as a noun, μαθήτησ “student, learner” OR as a verb, μανθάνω “learning endeavor”. Common English equivalents are disciple, follower, adherent and apprentice. Learning is key to discipleship. True disciples desire to learn, and Jesus encourages us to learn: “take my yoke upon you and learn from Me” – Matthew 11:28-29.

An apprentice desires to be like the master. So it is with Jesus: His disciples endeavor to be like Him. Ours is a lifetime of learning, an apprenticeship without end.

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    • Thank you for the reply — I wonder if there’s not something in our socialization that takes us out of “learner mode” as we get older? As kids, everyone tells us that we are students, but that is something we outgrow. Perhaps by being aware of this deficiency in our socialization, we can fight back against the tendency to quit learning???

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