Jesus’ ultimate desire for his followers wasn't that they would simply go to church on Sundays. Jesus wanted to create and lead passionate followers who would be fully devoted to bringing forth God's reign in this world. Jesus called this movement the kingdom of God. He would call his followers charged to usher in this kingdom his disciples. The Greek word used in the gospels for "disciple" literally means "learner." The image is that we are all apprentices of Jesus in our mission to bring God's kingdom into the world.
Disciples aren’t casually committed people. They are devoted apprentices to their master. A disciple studies the words and ways of their teacher, so that they might become proficient in their craft. No one understood better what it meant to move forward the kingdom of God in this world than Jesus. As we grow into devoted followers of him, we will see our lives accomplish the same. It’s exactly what Jesus predicted in his last command to his first-century disciples: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19).
At Crossbridge, we believe that the four marks of a kingdom-oriented disciple of Jesus can be summarized in what we call our 4 C’s: