“Disciples” in the Gospel of Luke

Hello to all you fellow humans! This is Mr. Price but you can call me Mr. Bobby.

I have been enjoying the Gospel of Luke lately. The concept of discipleship
seems to be significant in Luke. I read through Luke to find every instance of the word
“disciple” to learn about what it means to be a disciple. I encourage you to do some
study of each of these and spend some time thinking on how to be a disciple of Jesus.
These are the passages in Luke that have the word “disciple” and a small description
from that passage. The Greek word of “disciple” is mathētēs, Strong’s G3101.

(Chapter and verse in Luke), a small description of what it contains.
(5:30), Disciples of Christ are to even sit with publicans and sinners.
(5:33), Disciples are to practice in the disciplines their master gives them, whether it is
John, the Pharisees, or Jesus. Common disciplines of theses are fasting and praying.
(6:1), When a master gives a teaching that is contrary to what the cultural 'norm' may
be, the disciples are suppose to believe it; in this case, the disciples are doing what is
seen as working on Sabbath, but was permitted to do so by the Lord of the Sabbath.
(6:13), The chosen twelve apostles were disciples. Although they were great men of
faith, they were still obedient to their master.
(6:17), The original disciples of Christ were witnesses of the miracles of Christ.
(6:20), The disciples are the recipients of Christ's teachings.
(6:39,40), The disciple needs to be taught by some one greater than them to the goal of
the disciple being like his master.
(7:11), The disciples followed Jesus and witnessed his miracles.
(7:18), The disciples of John taught the coming of the Messiah as John the Baptizer did.
Disciples continue the teachings of their master.
(7:19), Disciples can act as the messenger for their master.
(8:9), Disciples search for the understanding of their master's teachings.
(8:22), The original disciples journeyed with Christ even in the tribulations they faced.
(9:1), The master gives disciples their mission and the tools to accomplish the mission.
The original disciples of Christ were given power over demons and illnesses.
(9:14,16), The disciples can act as the tools of the master to accomplish his goals.
(9:18), The disciples can act as the ears of the master and pass along information.
(9:40), The disciples strive to be like their master, but in the matters that are too great
for themselves they are dependent upon the master.
(9:43), There are teachings Jesus gives his disciples, which may not be understood at
(9:54), Disciples will not always understand at first the 'manner' of their master's spirit.
(10:23), The original disciples were blessed to have witnessed the ministry of Jesus.
(11:1), Disciples seek out greater understanding in their disciplines from their master.
(12:1), Jesus gave the original disciples teachings even among the crowds.
(12:22), Jesus teaches the disciples ought not to focus on the provisions of earthly life,
but the spiritual life.
(14:26), Discipleship requires rejection of family and self in exchange for total devotion
to the master.
(14:27), Any one who does not carry this burden of rejection(cf. 14:26) cannot be a
(14:33), To be a disciple you must reject all of your possessions.
(16:1), Jesus gives his parables and teachings of debts to the disciples.
(17:1), Jesus gives the teaching of forgiveness to his disciples.
(17:22), Jesus gave the original disciples prophecies and warnings that were to come.
(18:15), Disciples can be mistaken in what they do and need to be rebuked by their
(19:29), Jesus used the original disciples to further his ministry and message.
(19:37), The disciples rejoice over the master's glory and works.
(19:39), If the disciples would not rejoice then the master's work would itself continue to
glorify the master.
(20:45), Jesus would make a point by directing his warnings to his disciples in public.
(22:11), Jesus, the master, desired to dine and fellowship with the original disciples.
(22:39), When Jesus drew away to pray, the disciples were close behind.
(22:45), When Jesus was drawn away, he checked on his disciples to see if they were
doing as they were told.

Here is a small summary of what I found in this study:
Disciples are by definition learners. Throughout the Gospel according to Luke, he
portrays just that. As the master Jesus teaches, guides, and assists the disciples in the
trade of the life and message of Christ. The disciples who witnessed his life firsthand
had direct instruction and training, while modern disciples of Christ are instructed and
trained by the record of their accounts. On several occasions Christ shows they are
more than mere learners, but they are also the tools to which Christ conveys his
message and performers of the teachings Jesus had given them. When it became
inconvenient, tedious, and sometimes dangerous to follow the teachings of Jesus and
imitate his actions, the disciples who did not cease were rewarded. That is a principle
that has carried on through time to modern disciples; although Jesus is not in our
presence physically and visibly today, we have the representative of Christ within, the
Comforter, who teaches us through their records and strengthens us to the end goal
where we are like the Master, lacking nothing.

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