The term Christian is used only three times in the New Testament, while disciple is used over 280 times!
Clearly the term disciple is the preferred term for the New Testament writers.
So just what is a disciple? A disciple is a growing follower of Christ, who is learning and applying the truth of the Word, which leads to greater intimacy with God, thus resulting in life change.
Five unmistakable marks of a disciple. A disciple is one who:
1. Abides in the Word
2. Dies to self-will
3. Loves as Jesus loves
4. Abides in Christ
5. Bears fruit that remains