Because we are God's children, saved by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), we are called to a life of discipleship.
Discipleship is the Christian's intentional journey in grace. Jesus commanded the Church to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:18). The goal of a disciple is maturity in Jesus Christ ... "to grow into the maturity of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).
Being disciples of Jesus Christ is what Immanuel is all about. The marks of discipleship are significant components of our spiritual growth spoken regularly by our Lord and laid out clearly in the Scriptures. While they are not "requirements," we lift up these marks of discipleship as clarifiers. They help us more fully experience the joy and responsibilities of our faith. The marks of discipleship are benchmarks to strive for especially for our leaders in the ministry. However, all members of Immanuel are encouraged to be continually growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the use of and growth in the following marks of discipleship.
- Personal faith demonstrated in daily scripture reading; Psalm 119:105
- Personal faith demonstrated in daily prayer; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
- Weekly worship; Psalm 122:1 and Hebrews 10:23-25
- Active Christian giving through
- serving in a ministry at Immanuel; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13
- tithing, or a commitment to move to tithing; Malachi 3:10 and 2 Corinthians 8:12
- involvement in at least one mission project outside of Immanuel at least once a year; Matthew 25:31-46
- Commitment to ministry through relationships; be a team player; Mark 6:7
- Intentional spiritual growth; Ephesians 4:11-16
- Discipleship of at least one other person. Romans 15:1-2, (3-6)