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Often, the practical definition of a disciple is someone who's made a decision at some stage in their life to seek forgiveness for their sins from Jesus. They turn up for church semi-regularly and that's about it. But a definition like this falls short of embracing everything the Gospel offers in Christ.

When a person truly becomes a Christian they are made to be righteous in the sight of God. This is brought about through their sins being dealt with by Jesus (in His death on the cross), and by Christ's righteous life being applied to them. When God looks at them He no longer sees their sin, but the righteousness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 and Galatians 2: 20 teach us that being a follower of Jesus - a disciple - means living out this new identity we have in Christ. Because we are united to Jesus, the power of sin has been broken and its presence in our heart is being progressively eradicated. This is what the Christian life is about.

With joy we can affirm that we are a new creature in Christ, and with humility we must confess there is still sin in our heart, so that God's grace is needed as much today as when we first believed.

Discipleship is the process where, through mutual encouragement, learning about God's Word, accountability and prayer, we participate in the ongoing work of heart change.

Within our Missional Community Groups you will find leaders who are prepared to join you in this journey of Gospel transformation (Romans 12: 2). The Gospel enables us to do this, and God's Holy Spirit empowers us to do this.