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Die implikasies van ’n nadere Skrifgefundeerde definisie van dissipel en dissipelmaking vir gemeentebou

J. Pretorius
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 39, No 1 | a378 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v39i1.378 | © 2005 J. Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2005 | Published: 30 July 2005

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J. Pretorius, Vakgroep: Praktiese Teologie, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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The implications of a closer Scriptural definition of disciple and discipling for church development
In the field of Practical Theology the term “discipling” is often used as a synonym for both spiritual growth and for teaching. To define the term as such can contribute to a dilution of the term “disciple” and to an inaccurate understanding of the process of discipling. In this article the concept of “disciple” is critically analysed. The following conclusion is arrived at: “Discipling” entails the lifelong process by which people are guided and encouraged to progressively become followers and pupils (disciples) of Jesus. The purpose of such a process implies that a person will become more and more like Jesus and will live according to the spirit of Jesus. A correct understanding of the concept of discipleship as a process has far-reaching implications for strategising congregational development.


Building The Congregation; Disciple; Disciplemaking; Evangelising


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