Discipleship and the Church

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what the purpose for the church is. Why does the church exist? What is it supposed to accomplish? And along those lines, what exactly is discipleship? How does that look in someone’s life?
Matthew 28:19-20 is often referred to as the Great Commission. It is Jesus giving His disciples the command to go and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them. I look at this as being the purpose behind why as Christians we remain on this earth after our salvation, rather than immediately being caught up to heaven. Our salvation isn’t the end but rather the beginning of our relationship with God, where we become disciples of Jesus, learners of who He is and how He lived. We then take what we learn, teach it to others that they also would become disciples of Jesus.
While the church may have many reasons for existing, I think its primary purpose is to make disciples. So what is discipleship? A disciple is a learner, a follower. A disciple of Jesus is one who follows Jesus and learns from Him. The church needs to teach who Jesus is, so that His disciples may learn more about Him and how to better follow Him. There’s a lot more involved in discipleship but the short answer is following Jesus, obeying His commands.

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