The word “discipleship” does not ever appear in the Bible. Discipleship can mean one of two things, our own pattern of following Jesus, trusting Him and learning from Him, or our activity of helping others be disciples.
New Testament Greek: mathetuo means to make disciples. It can mean to preach the gospel, where people hear the message and become Christians, like in Acts 14:21-22 (read background of this verse before starting) “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconic and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain try to the faith. ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.” So we see from this verse that “make disciples” is one Greek word there and it means “get them converted to Jesus."
On the other hand, it can mean the entire process of conversion, baptism, and teaching the ways of Jesus, like in Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This isn’t just one simple task, it’s a lifetime commitment. This is what the verb “disciple” in the New Testament would include.
While we’ve all heard the Great Commission a thousand times, have you ever actually stopped to really think about what it’s saying? Go and make disciples of ALL nations. It says nothing about those that are easy to get to, those that are safe, or those that are comfortable. When I really start to think about that, it can seem really scary and overwhelming.But read to the end of those verses: “And surely I am with you ALWAYS, to the very end of the age.” Think about the word “always.” “Always” can be defined as every time; on every occasion; without exception; all the time; continuously; uninterruptedly; forever. He is with us ALWAYS. That’s it. No exceptions!