Go . . . make disciples. - Mathew 28:19
A DISCIPLE IS . . .
Let's start with a definition easy enough for a child to understand: A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, loves Jesus, learns from Jesus, and obeys Jesus in all of life. Discipleship is a relationship with Jesus that's based on love, guided by His commandments, and nurtured in a community of faith. Discipleship is both a decision about life and the life itself.
For parents, this definition is a reminder of their accountability to Jesus as the real parental authority in a child's life. Parents need more than their best ideas to raise disciples. They need to know that Jesus leads them as they parent His children. It means everything sends them back to God and His Word-sibling rivalry, leisure boundaries, scheduling priorities, discipline-it's all about discipling.