D I S C I P L E S H I P 11 mean, that we should go and make disciples, and what practical applications does that command have for the Church today? The second foundational concept is the definition of the word disciple. What makes someone a “disciple,” as opposed to a “fol- lower of Jesus”? Does it involve just accepting Christ as Savior, or is there more to it than that? The third foundational concept is an understanding of what makes a disciple mature. Frequently, when I talk to church lead- ers, there isn’t a generally recognized set of criteria (for want of a better term) that would mark a disciple as “mature.” Clearly, there are definite differences between a mature disciple and an immature one. These differences need to be understood and set forth as an example for which people can strive. Without being able to point to at least a portrait of what it is the Church should be producing in the lives of disciples, however, there is scant hope she will ever get there. Once the foundational concepts have been explored, then the MPF system will be presented. In chapters 2 through 6, key ques- tions are answered: ● What is the relationship between knowledge and conduct in the life of a maturing disciple? ● What is the difference between Bible reading and Bible study, and what role does each play in the maturation process? ● How do you teach proper Bible interpretation to a matur- ing disciple? ● How do you help a disciple develop a vibrant prayer life? ● How is a maturing disciple encouraged and taught to share their faith? ● What roles do group discipleship (i.e., small groups) play in the maturation process? ● How can a small group ministry develop vibrant relation- ships among disciples?