Discipleship is guiding people to a life that conforms to Jesus Christ. To “make disciples” is to guide people into becoming sincere followers of Christ, helping them in the process from being separated from relationship with God to growing, spiritually mature Christians.

When Jesus commands us to “make disciples,” he doesn’t mean that it is done under, by, or through our willpower – God is the one who justifies and sanctifies. But we are taught that it is incumbent on all of us to baptize (evangelize) and teach (Matthew 28:19-20).

Qualifications of a Disciple

A disciple is an obedient, surrendered follower of Jesus whose life exhibits 3 things:

  1. Loving God - being marked by a relationship with Jesus Christ by daily devotion and obedience (Psalm 119:105, 1 John 2:4), continual prayer (1 Thes 5:16-18, Luke 18:1-8), and growth in holiness (Gal 5:22-23, 1 Pet 1:16)
  2. Loving People - being marked by sacrificial service of others (Mt 16:24-26).
  3. Making Disciples - being marked by sharing their faith with believers and non-believers (Acts 8:4, 1 Tim 1:2, 2 Tim 2:2, Jn 15:16, Phil 4:10-23, Eph 6:19)

How We Make Disciples at City Park Church

At City Park Church, we have three expectations of all who attend, to help them grow as disciples:

  1. Prioritize Sunday worship every week
  2. Commit to a Community Group
  3. Serve in one of CPC’s ministries

As a church our primary method of discipleship is Community Groups (CGs). Effective CGs will be environments where people grow together spiritually and are equipped to reach out to their community.  Other methods of discipleship at Immanuel include Sunday worship and sermons, next generation ministries, mentoring, and missions trips.

A trademark of authentic discipleship is that it is self-sustaining and propagating. Discipleship causes growth – both personally and corporately.

We should see:

  • External growth of CGs
  • A great percentage of people at CPC committing to CGs
  • A great percentage of people serving at CPC
  • People committing to mentoring relationships
  • Baptisms