One chilly morning in Texas, a young woman sat on a bench near a pond and watched the sun peak above the horizon. Her heart cried out for one thing: Love. Love for others, love for God, to understand God’s love for her. During her months in GFA’s School of Discipleship program, she learned about the absolute necessity of love. And she wanted it.
When Rebekah left the bench an hour later, she walked away totally changed.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
‘That Your Love May Abound . . . In Knowledge’
Knowing the Lord Jesus more fully and intimately is the foundational goal of GFA’s year-long School of Discipleship (SD) program. Day after day, these men and women between the ages of 18–27 receive exhortations to seek Christ and follow Him with absolute surrender and love—a challenge Rebekah took seriously that morning as she sat on a bench.
“He completely opened my eyes to His love for me,” she passionately testifies. “I felt His love for me, and that day, after that hour of solitude, I walked away loving the Lord for the first time. … He showed me, ‘I saved you. I picked you out, and now you understand Me and understand My love.’ … I knew my life would never be the same after that, and it hasn’t!”
‘Approve the Things that are Excellent . . . Be Sincere and Without Offense’
During their year, students begin to see things in their lives as opportunities to know Christ more, to embrace His character and to put into practice the principles they are learning. Simple things like grocery shopping and cleaning the house take on new meanings—they become chances to live out their love for God and their housemates.