First, a well-meaning jab: it’s not research but Scripture which reveals “truths” about discipleship. Second, a self-deprecating one: it’s easy to post about research anyway when it reinforces your views!
The article linked below is a summary of findings by LifeWay Research about discipleship. It’s succinct and pointed. Here’s my summary of it’s summary: Disciples grow by intentionally engaging with Scripture together.
I’ve put the headings here, but the article has a punchy C.S. Lewis quote and explanations for each point that should also be read.
- Discipleship is intentional.
- Reading the Bible matters more than anything else.
- The discipline of Bible engagement impacts every other discipline.
- Groups matter. A lot.
- There is a deep connection between discipleship and evangelism.