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The plural of disciple is church

My attention was recently drawn to a book by Alison Morgan called Following Jesus (Resource, Wells, Somerset 2015) with the interesting sub-title: The plural of disciple is church. In this book Alison Morgan emphasises the importance of discipleship. She says: “if the church is not about making disciples, it is not church. Discipleship is not something the church does; it is what the church is; the church is the community which supports and directs our discipleship in the world. But she also notes that that while the word ‘disciple’ occurs frequently in the Gospels and in the Book of Acts, it is not used in the letters of Peter, Paul, James and John.

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