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CBC's Discipleship Pathway was crafted off of the commands and boundaries set forth in the Bible. See below for the Bible references which are the foundation of each aspect of our Pathway.

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John 3:1–21 (NASB95)

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God asa teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”3Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’8“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”9Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”10Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?11“Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.12“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?13“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.14“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Acts 8:26–40 (NASB95)

26But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.)27So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship,28and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”30Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”31And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.32Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,So He does not open His mouth.33“In humiliation His judgment was taken away;Who willrelate Hisgeneration?For His life is removed from the earth.”34The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?”35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.36As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”37And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”38And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 17:22–34 (NASB95)

22So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.23“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.24“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;25nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all peoplelife and breath and all things;26and He made from one manevery nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined theirappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,27that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;28for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’29“Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.30“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all peopleeverywhere should repent,31because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”32Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some beganto sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”33So Paul went out of their midst.34But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Grow

Ephesians 4:11–13 (NASB95)

11And He gave some asapostles, and some asprophets, and some asevangelists, and some aspastors and teachers,12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 1:28 (NASB95)

28We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Multiply at Every Level

Luke 19:1–10 (NASB95)

1He entered Jericho and was passing through.2And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.3Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.5When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”6And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.7When they saw it, they all beganto grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”8Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.10“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 4:7–42 (NASB95)

7There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.9Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”11She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?12“You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”13Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”16He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’;18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”19The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.20“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you peoplesay that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.22“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.24“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”25The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.27At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”28So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men,29“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I havedone; this is not the Christ, is it?”30They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.31Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”33So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anythingto eat, did he?”34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.35“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and thencomes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.36“Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.37“For in this casethe saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’38“I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”39From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I havedone.”40So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.41Many more believed because of His word;42and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Disciple Development

John 3:5 (NASB95)

5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Hebrews 5:11–14 (NASB95)

11Concerning him we have much to say, and it ishard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.13For everyone who partakes onlyof milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Ephesians 4:11–13 (NASB95)

11And He gave some asapostles, and some asprophets, and some asevangelists, and some aspastors and teachers,12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 1:28 (NASB95)

28We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

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Disciple

Luke 6:40 (NASB95)

40“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

John 13:12–17 (NASB95)

12So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the tableagain, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?13“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for soI am.14“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.16“Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor isone who is sent greater than the one who sent him.17“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Branch

John 15:1–11 (NASB95)

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

 

Son or Daughter

Romans 8:14–17 (NASB95)

14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Himso that we may also be glorified with Him.

Galatians 4:4–7 (NASB95)

4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.6Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

  

Servant

Matthew 20:25–28 (NASB95)

25But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and theirgreat men exercise authority over them.26“It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,27and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 23:11 (NASB95)

11“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Luke 16:13 (NASB95)

13“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Luke 17:7–10 (NASB95)

7“Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?8“But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properlyclothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?9“He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?10“So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done onlythat which we ought to have done.’ ”

John 13:12–17 (NASB95)

12So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the tableagain, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?13“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for soI am.14“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.16“Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor isone who is sent greater than the one who sent him.17“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

 

 

Soldier

2 Corinthians 10:3–6 (NASB95)

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.5We aredestroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we aretaking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

1 Timothy 1:18 (NASB95)

18This command I entrust to you, Timothy, myson, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,

2 Timothy 2:3–4 (NASB95)

3Suffer hardship with me,as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

2 Timothy 4:7 (NASB95)

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

Ephesians 6:10–17 (NASB95)

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forcesof wickedness in the heavenly places.13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and havingput on the breastplate of righteousness,15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

 

Athlete

2 Timothy 2:5 (NASB95)

5Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 4:7–8 (NASB95)

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

1 Corinthians 9:24–27 (NASB95)

24Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but onlyone receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.25Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do itto receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Hebrews 12:1–3 (NASB95)

1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

 

Fishermen

Matthew 4:19 (NASB95)

19And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mark 1:17 (NASB95)

17And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

 

Farmer

2 Timothy 2:6 (NASB95)

6The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.

1 Corinthians 3:5–9 (NASB95)

5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunityto each one.6I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

 

 

Builder

Romans 15:20 (NASB95)

20And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was alreadynamed, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation;

1 Corinthians 3:9–17 (NASB95)

9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,13each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to berevealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.14If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.16Do you not know that you are a temple of God and thatthe Spirit of God dwells in you?17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

Ephesians 2:19–22 (NASB95)

19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:11–16 (NASB95)

11And He gave some asapostles, and some asprophets, and some asevangelists, and some aspastors and teachers,12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspectsinto Him who is the head, evenChrist,16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

1 Peter 2:4–5 (NASB95)

4And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

Ambassador

Ephesians 6:18–20 (NASB95)

18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,19andprayon my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaimingit I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

2 Corinthians 5:16–21 (NASB95)

16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this wayno longer.17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he isa new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.18Now all thesethings are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21He made Him who knew no sin to besin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

 

Neighbor

Luke 10:25–37 (NASB95)

25And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”26And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”27And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”28And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”29But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.31“And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32“Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them;and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35“On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’36“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?37And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

 

Development Dimensions

In many places the Bible compares people of faith to a developing human. The spiritually mature are compared to a mature adult, whereas the spiritually immature are compared to an in infant or a child.

See Disciple Developments for examples from the Bible.

As such, the analogy between human physical development and spiritual development can be compared. Hebrews 5:11-6:3 describes how the readers have not matured as much as they should have. The author says that they need to repeat elementary teachings when they should be able to teach on their own. In this example the readers are immature; dependent upon others’ teachings, ignorant or in error in their understanding, lacking wisdom to navigate their path, and unable to accomplish what they ought to be able to accomplish. Ephesians 4:11-13 provides a positive example of the reverse.

 

    

The Marks of A Disciple

The elements, Head, Heart, and Hands, and their respective representations, the intellect, the affections, and actions, are throughout Scripture but are succinctly summarized in what Jesus calls the greatest commandment in Mark 12:30: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Each element is clearly laid out in this verse.