"The essence of Christian discipleship is Christians imitating Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, doing as he did (Phil 2:1-8). We’re called to be disciples of Christ and to make disciples of Christ."
A disciple is a person who believes in the ideals of someone and seeks to live according to those ideals. In the bible, we see Jesus Christ call people to follow him and promise to transform them (Matthew 4:19). These followers (disciples) were transformed as Jesus became his own good news and modeled a life of humble obedience to His father’s commands to live sacrificially as the true Son of God. Day after day, Jesus modeled servant leadership, loving and teaching his followers all while calling them friends.
Jesus then commands his followers to imitate him and to “…make disciples of all nations, baptizing…in the name of the Father and Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19)."For disciples of Christ, this command still stands. The essence of Christian discipleship is Christians imitating Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, doing as he did (Phil 2:1-8). We’re called to be disciples of Christ and to make disciples of Christ.
As a church, we prioritize discipleship because Jesus did. It’s impossible to live out the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples apart from being in intentional community with other believers. In this day and age, it's easy to become unimpressed with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to seek out other mechanisms to make it through life and grow spiritually but the bible teaches that discipleship is God’s mechanism for the growth of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16). Spiritual maturity and soul transformation happen as Christians form intentional relationships with mature believers who will equip and encourage them to grow in their knowledge and love for God, understand who they are in Christ, and love their neighbor.