Reflecting on a Year in MDS

“That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:16-19


To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

MDS, Mosaic Community Church’s Discipleship School is so much more than academic lessons and weekly readings for application; it is a vehicle for growing incredibly and exponentially in faith, obedience, and understanding of the love of God which surpasses human comprehension. Nothing in all the earth is as wildly beautiful as knowing a love like this, as Ephesians describes.

When the opportunity to apply for the day school was first announced as I was a Mosaic newcomer, I was discouraged; as a 9-5 office employee, it wouldn’t have worked with my schedule. God is a good God, though, and the following Sunday at church, the opportunity to apply for night school was announced for those interested but unavailable during the day. Even before the first class began, God had already begun speaking loudly and clearly to me; he made a way, responding immediately to my disappointment and frustration with an open door of opportunity. Already, he was showing me so tangibly how good and how great He is, that He takes joy in giving us the desires of our hearts, just like He says He does.

“MDS is a vehicle for growing incredibly and exponentially in faith, obedience, and understanding of the love of God which surpasses human comprehension.”

This was a constant and steady learning throughout my experience in the class. Over and again, God reminded my classmates and I of His attentiveness to our asks. One of my biggest learnings was that He is not a God that works outside of our lives, but that He is so intertwined in our daily lives – in the smallest and the biggest decisions – and so invested in everything that we do. This isn’t because He is a demanding God, but rather, because He is a loving Father that wants to be part of our lives.

Throughout my experience, I learned what an intimate and intricate relationship with Jesus looks like. I learned that a relationship with Him doesn’t mean I have to be perfect before coming to Him, but that even in the midst of my flaw and failure, He loves me even more than I will ever know. I learned that prayer doesn’t always look like reciting thanks before a meal or declaring health and blessing over others; sometimes it just looks like engaging him in my thoughts.

“This isn’t because He is a demanding God, but rather, because He is a loving Father that wants to be part of our lives.”

Prior to MDS, the term “obedience” terrified me. Obedience held negative connotations in my mind; it meant sacrifice, suffering, and hardship. It meant depravity and lack. God works so differently though, I came to understand. Obedience is not something to fear, because instead, obedience to a God that is so good only brings good.

“Obedience is not something to fear, because instead, obedience to a God that is so good only brings good.”

I learned – and am learning – that to obey God is to open our arms for Him to pour out His blessing. To disobey, though, is to close ourselves off from the best He has for us (not that He would ever stop loving ceaselessly despite our disobedience). I am now more free than I have ever been. I know I can choose God’s way for me – and to walk directly into His fullness – or I can choose the way of the world – and walk directly into His mercy and forgiveness.

“I know that, because the God of heaven and earth is on my side, I cannot lose. Even when I fail.”

Each year, the cumulative ending to the school is an international mission trip to apply and activate our learnings. This year, the students with children traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and the remainder of the students ventured to Bangalore, India. I had a unique experience, in that my Visa didn’t get approved, so as much as I cried and fought and prayed and questioned God’s doing, India wasn’t meant for me. Of course, my team came back with incredible testimonies of people healed physically and emotionally, of the people of India being changed and coming to know Jesus.

The stories my teammates returned with were those that we had been expectant of and praying for throughout the entire year – a man rising out of a wheelchair, having been disabled for a decade (!) – but I had a testimony of my own to share of God’s goodness. Though I was so frustrated, overwhelmed, confused, and heartbroken, I couldn’t even doubt for one second God had let me down. I couldn’t even think to blame him, or question His authority and power and ability to move mountains for me, because I know He can. He says so.

After a year, my classmates and I have graduated from the night school, not as “better” Christians, riding to heaven on the perfection of our deeds or our sinlessness (as we are so far from perfect), but as more steadfast and faithful believers. MDS doesn’t strive to produce perfect Christians. Contrarily, this is far from the point of it. Its point, instead, it to stir the faith of its students, releasing them into the world with a deeper revelation of a love that surpasses knowledge, filled to the brim and overflowing with the fullness of God.

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The Mosaic Discipleship Schools equip and release faithful disciples of Jesus to change the world. The Night School has just begun and the Day School is still accepting applications. Visit the Mosaic website for more information and applications.

Written by Sophie Sturdevant

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Mosaic Community Church

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. He said the other is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We commit to loving God because He loves us. We commit to loving people the way Jesus does, selflessly and with integrity. This love compels us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, inviting everyone to be a part of His family. As we love God and love people, the world will change.

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