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Emmaus Road Discipleship School creates fully functional, faithfully obedient followers of Jesus.

Background

Drawing upon the traditions of early Christianity, we believe the Holy Spirit uses exploration and experience in various disciplines to help people grow in their love and understanding of the Lord. Out of this deeper understanding and personal experience will come an outpouring of gifts and love leading to greater service in churches, communities and the world.

Serenity Acres offers quiet places for reflection and renewal.
Serenity Acres offers quiet places for reflection and renewal.

Learning Components

Experience and explore a deeper relationship with God and others.

Prayer

Communication, both speaking with and listening to, God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Prayer consists of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and opening oneself up to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.
In the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation. —Psalm 5:1–3

Worship

Individual and group expression of adoration of our one true God as the Holy Trinity and of gratitude for all that God has provided. Worship may be experienced through music, writing, speaking, dance, art, photography, and other means.

God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. —John 4:24

Scripture

In-depth exploration of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, with emphasis on understanding historical information, determination of the meaning of Scripture as the Living Word of God, and applying Scripture to everyday life.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —Psalm 119:105

Service

Participants develop individual and communal acts of service so that God’s will and purposes are accomplished even as learning progresses through the seven components.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. —Ephesians 2:10

Testimony

Participants will establish regular activities to share what they are learning and how their lives are being transformed as they become more deeply engaged with Jesus and His purpose for their lives.

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. —John 14:25

Holy Spirit

Exploration and understanding of the power of God with foci on fruit of the spirit in the individual life of the participant and gifts of the spirit as benefit to the church, community, and world.

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions. —Joel 2:28–29

Spiritual Formation

Using resources from ancient writings and from scripture, participants explore and practice the following traditions of spiritual discipline with the intent to incorporate these into daily life on an ongoing, committed basis: contemplative tradition, holiness tradition, charismatic tradition, social justice tradition, evangelical tradition, and incarnational tradition.

But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:15–16

… making disciples the Jesus way