Discipleship is a lifelong journey of learning to be like Jesus and teaching others to do the same.
Our paradigm of discipleship begins with Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and the Great Commission.
Jesus: After a thorough reading of the gospels we think a case can be made that Jesus is simply depending on discipleship [intentionally learning to live like Jesus] to change our lives and the world. He didn't have a Plan B.
The Kingdom of God: Jesus preached about the Kingdom of God more than any other idea. The Kingdom of God could be described as the culture of heaven, and the worldview that promotes its expansion on the earth. The commands of Jesus describe the look and feel of heaven, and when obeyed, bring qualities of heaven to earth. Thus, Jesus desires all who follow him to obey and practice his commands and ideas, and to share them with the world, so that the world might be renewed and enjoy the kingship of God.
The Great Commission: Matthew 28:18–20: Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Jesus is saying that the world will be changed as we obeys his commands.
This is the basis of discipleship.