Disciple: A Ruined Word?

I am loving Dave and Jon Ferguson’s new book Exponential. Dave makes a very provocative statement about the word “disciple”:

“I intentionally use the word apprentice as opposed to disciple. While disciple is a brilliant word (and a word used by Jesus himself), it often does not mean to us what Jesus meant when he used it. I believe that disciple is a ruined word. When Jesus called people into discipleship, he was calling them for and preparing them to accomplish a mission.

When people use the word disciple today,though, it has almost nothing to do with our mission. Discipleship in the church today has more to do with consuming and absorbing cognitive content than it has anything to do with missional action” (p.45).

Is Dave on to something?

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