Bible Study Guide: What is a disciple?
By Scarlett Stough
Please read the women in Christ commentary, Mary: Disciple, to prepare for the study. 
Part I Mary’s Example

Luke 10:38-42 What was Mary’s better choice? (See also Acts 22:3 Note: In the King James Version the phrase “sat at the feet of” is an expression meaning to be a student of a particular teacher.)

John 11:1-45 What was Mary’s reaction to the death of her brother Lazarus? What reason did Jesus give for delaying his intervention? What effect would Lazarus’ resurrection have on Mary’s perspective on who Jesus is?

Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8 What does Mary’s gift reveal to you about her attitude to Jesus at this occasion? What do you see in Mary’s example that you can apply to your life?

Read Luke 7:36-50. Notice that this is a different Simon, a different occasion, and a different woman. What do you think is the lesson Jesus is teaching Simon? How does Jesus treat this unnamed woman? Do you find a comfort for yourself in this?

Part II What is a disciple?

(Reference Note: According to Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, “disciple” is translated from a Greek word (Strongs’ number 3101) that means “a learner” or “a pupil”. It indicates “thought accompanied by endeavor.”)

John 13:34-35 What identifies a disciple of Jesus?

John 8:31-32 What else reveals a genuine disciple?

Luke 6:46-49 What gives a disciple a strong foundation for remaining a disciple of Jesus?

John 15:8 Once a disciple believes, learns, and practices Jesus’ teachings, there is something else a disciple does. What is it?

Luke 14:25-35 Is there a cost to being a disciple of Jesus? What is it?

Colossians 1:3-14, 21-23 What are the benefits of being a disciple of Christ? 

What are some of the personal lessons you can apply in your life?