My Life for His Glory

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.”
—Philippians 1:9-11

‘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.

“That was super life changing,” Rebekah says of living with the other SD girls. “We got to go to class and read these character-building books, and not only did we have that in our heads as knowledge, but we got to express that and act that out in our house.”

Rebekah recalls how, at the start of her SD year, deep friendships between her housemates did not seem likely. But as they grew more like Christ, they learned to put others first. They walked through life together month after month, and a precious bond formed between the SD girls. They found unity and Christ-centered love, and their friendships continued long after graduation.

“It’s not just a year of discipleship and discipline, but it’s a lifetime . . .” —Rebekah

‘Being Filled with the Fruits of Righteousness’

School of Discipleship students pray, study and serve alongside the staff at GFA’s administrative headquarters in Texas, which provides countless discipleship opportunities. But although students experience an environment saturated with prayer, worship and seeking God, it is still up to each student to personally pursue their Savior.

“It’s a heart decision we have to make,” Rebekah explains. “I would not be where I am if I didn’t give the Lord a chance to speak to me, to cleanse me, and for me to surrender my life to Him.”

At the end of their year, many students say one of the most impactful take-aways from their time at GFA is the emphasis on prayer and unity.

After experiencing the unity at GFA, SD alum Jashubi declares, “I’ll never forget . . . unity of the Body of Christ is possible, and God wants that. ... We can get together and come before God in prayer and watch strongholds breaking down because of the unity of the Body of Christ.”

‘To the Glory and Praise of God’

When it’s time to graduate from the program, students are given the charge to continue establishing a lifestyle of humility, christlikeness, integrity, leadership and sensitivity to God’s voice. Their months of study reveal the high calling each believer in Jesus carries: to know Christ and bring glory to His name.

“Everything became a life of worship,” Jashubi shares. “If I’m playing sports, if I’m getting together and fellowshipping, going out for dinner, everything was a form of worship.”

Jashubi, Rebekah and more than 100 other young men and women who have graduated from GFA’s SD program now carry a burning passion to know the Lord and glorify His name wherever they go. What started as one year of seeking God grew to become a lifetime of glorifying their Savior.

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