The Vision and Goal of the School of Christ
Who of us has ever understood the agony and suffering our Lord went through as, alone with God, His Father. He agonized until sweat, as great drops of blood, fell from His face to the ground. Alone He passed through these hours of agony, while His disciples slept a short distance away. They could not watch with Him even for that last short hour.
How many of us, the elect of God, are sleeping, drifting into error or into indifference. How many who are engaged in His work, are taken up with their weariness or with their own interests! How few are girding their loins more firmly with Truth, trimming their lamps, and making sure that the vessel is filled with oil; how few are longing and watching for His Coming, ready to suffer the reproach of the cross. Are you and I among the few who are watching with Him this last hour of darkness, before His return?
It was in the garden of Gethsemane that Jesus chose that the will of the Father should be done and nothing else. "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." Despite the fact that Christ came to die, He still had a choice, and that choice was made with great suffering. Would He beseech God the Father to let the cup pass from Him (at the same time choosing the will of God) if there was no choice? Would He sweat great drops of blood if there were no suffering? In His choice our Lord gave everything, and that choice determined whether you and I could be saved or not.
In the Song of Solomon 4:12 The Holy Spirit speaks of "A spring shut up, and a fountain sealed." The spring was the Fountain of life the source of living water. Jesus Christ was the spring shut up, and the fountain sealed. Only through His death and resurrection could that Fountain be opened, and the universal cry be sounded, "if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink." For a man to have life, he must drink at this Fountain, and the cost of opening that Fountain cannot be computed.
"But how can they believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent?" So, in this "final hour," another "choice" must be made, not by Christ, He made His Choice, now, we the "elect," must make ours. In His choice Christ opened up the Fountain that all men might be saved, in our choice we will determine whether or not those perishing millions will hear the good news that the fountain is open.
The vision and goal of the School of Christ is to train men who will train others. This was Paul's method, and is how he reached the known world of his time. He trained (made a disciple) Timothy and sent him forth with this word; "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (II Tim 2:2). The School of Christ International, following Paul's example, in fifteen short years has made disciples in over one hundred and forty countries. I invite you to be a part of one of the greatest missionary movements of history. Write me today, together we can finish the course and disciple all nations.