To be a follower of Jesus literally means to “imitate” or to be like him (Matt 10:24-25). The transformation process begins with a change in personal identity, whereby one adopts the teachings, lifestyle, and values of Jesus. The spiritual relationship between believers and Jesus is unique in that he or she is committed to and rooted in Christ (Jn 15:1-8; 17:13-26). Such a bond looks forward to the kind of “likeness” that Paul talks about, where the ultimate goal of the believer’s life is to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29). This talk will identify the key stages of Christian growth and the key marks of discipleship.