Auxano (Gk.) - to increase
This is the name of our discipleship ministry. While every disciple is a believer, not every believer is necessarily a disciple. The word discipleship never occurs in the Bible. The word disciple is ambiguous in English language but typically refers to the pattern of following Jesus and trusting helping others learn to follow Him.
This 'helping others' has a verb in the New Testament Greek: mathetuo, to make disciples. It can mean preach the gospel so that people get converted to Christ and become Christians and, thus, disciples. For example, Acts 14:21 says, “When they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium.” So that “make disciples” is one Greek word there and it means “get them converted to Jesus.”
If you would like to find out more about discipleship at Berachah please email Tim Oaks.