Was Discipleship Happening at the New Testament School of Tyrannus?

lecture-hall-10“Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.  This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.” Acts 19:8,9,10

Paul the Apostle journeyed to Ephesus before and was fulfilling a promise he made to return.  Acts 18:21  This text opens with Paul’s arguing or reasoning persuasively about the Kingdom of God.  In other words, he was proclaiming the gospel.  His time in the synagogue was productive, but eventually, the minority opposition voice made it impossible to continue.  Paul took his new his new disciples, Acts 19:1, and went to a place called the School of Tyrannus.”  There, he did the same thing and more that he was previously doing in the synagogue.  I say more, because The region of Ephesus exploded in the faith.

Paul would write layer in scripture, the following concerning the Ephesians:

“To the saints in Ephesus,a the faithful in Christ Jesus”  Ephesians 1:1


“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesian 1:15,16,17

There was a multiplying movement that was a direct result of what took place in that school.  The details of exactly what Paul was teaching, who else joined him, and what kind of system they had, are sketchy.  Regardless, I’ like to ask one question:

Was Discipleship Happening at the New Testament School of Tyrannus?


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  1. Tobie says:

    Yes, considering that “Discipleship” as we generally know and understand it today never existed in the New Testament. A disciple is a “learner”, not a special brand of committed Christian as some erroneously believe. The transliteration of the Latin Discipulus is a tragedy, for it obscures the intended meaning of the Greek Mathetes, namely a learner, pupil or apprentice.To become a disciple is to position yourself at the feet of Christ and to listen to him and learn from him. It is to let go of preconceived notions, arguments and opinions, pet paradigms etc. It is not a level of attainment but a laying down of one’s understanding. The Great Commission is to go and “make learners”, because that is exactly what fallen humans are not in their natural, carnal state. This is the essential predisposition and preliminary prerequisite for coming to Christ and learning from him, as Matt 11’s last verses instruct. Only the learners receive the revelation unto babes. For the non-learners, no matter how wise, these things remain hidden. That is in essence what those verses tell us, and so Matt 28:19 instruct us to go into all the world and turn people into such learners. Did learning of Christ take place at the New Testament School of Tyrannus? Without a doubt. And so yes, learnership (a better word than the loaded “Discipleship”) happened there.

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