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DISCIPLESHIP

As a church, we value Discipleship. In other words, we seek to become like Jesus, and teach others his way, for the life of the world.

Become more and more like Jesus: Discipleship is a very Christ-centered affair. Because of what Jesus has accomplished in the world, a whole new way of life is possible. Everything that was lost and broken can be restored and redeemed if Jesus becomes the center of our lives. He has launched a revolution in the world to reconcile all things in heaven and earth, and he calls us to join him in this mission. He embodies the truest and fullest way to be human. It is his character that we want to embody in the world. Becoming just like Jesus is the goal of our transformation. Jesus is our starting point and our finish line. As we seek to become more and more like him, remaining connected and close to him is what nourishes and sustains us.

Teach others his way: If we truly want to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus, we need to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus. We need to develop discipleship habits that shape our character and outlook, unite us together as believers, propel us into the lives of others, and over time, make us more like Jesus. Throughout church history, Jesus’ followers have identified different practices in the lifestyle of Jesus that help us, over time, to become more like Jesus. We would recommend that everyone would work through these practices with a community of Jesus followers, because community plays a vital role in our transformation. Together, we can discover how we can practice the way of Jesus in our city. 

For the life of the world: We practice the way of Jesus in the world, for the life of the world. But without a deep love for God and others, taking on new behaviors will only become empty moralism. Along the same lines, adopting new thinking without love will lead to spiritual pride. As we pursue the lifestyle of Jesus, we also desire to act from the motivations of Jesus. Jesus' motivations came from a gut-wrenching compassion for others. After all, Jesus was sent into the world because the world was loved by God. As Jesus sends us into the world, it comes from this same heart of love that seeks to give life to others.

(See: Surprise the World, by Michael Frost; Simply Jesus, by N.T. Wright; Untamed, by Alan & Debra Hirsch; thewayofjesus.org; practicingtheway.org; Practicing the Way of Jesus, by Mark Scandrette; The Great Omission, by Dallas Willard; letterstotheexiles.com; For the Life of the World, Alexander Schmemann)