I am super excited right now. Summer has started! And this year, summer for me means something very exciting! Yes, I’m learning to drive, getting ready for my senior year, hanging out with friends, and visiting family, but that’s not what I’m looking forward to the most. The thing that I’m most eagerly waiting for is two weeks that I’ll be spending in Colorado at the end of July. What’s so special about that? The Summit Ministries Student Conference!
I guess I’d better warn you—this won’t be my usual post. Instead of telling you about things I’ve learned recently, or experiences I’ve had (and learned from), I’ll be telling you about something in the future that I’m super excited about; The Summit.
So what is The Summit? Simply put, it’s a worldview conference for upper level high schoolers and college students. The Summit is a twelve day conference in Manitou Springs, Colorado that is focused on, “Helping students understand their times and meaningfully engage the culture” for the gospel (Jeff Meyers, President of Summit Ministries). In each session the Summit faculty teaches students about the truth of the Bible, worldviews, and apologetics. They explain issues like abortion and homosexuality, and even things like economics, all from a biblical perspective. I’ve been looking forward to going to The Summit since the day my dad first told me about it one and a half years ago. Now it’s just over a month away.
There’s a number of things that I’m hoping to learn at Summit, but I’ll just tell you about my top three.
1. I want to learn to love God more.
One of the things that The Summit is known for is encouraging students to love God with their heart, soul, mind, and strength. As the faculty teaches, they not only talk about people’s hearts, but they encourage their students to love and trust God with their minds. They want their students to glorify God through learning more about Him and the world around them.
2. I want to learn to love people more.
A few months ago, at a homeschool convention, I got the chance to experience Sean McDowell, one of the Summit faculty members, doing a role play. The role play was awesome! It was so much fun to see a Christian pretend to be an Atheist, and to have the chance to challenge “Athiest” Dr. McDowell (yes, I’m a geek, I love debates and arguments 🙂 ). But even as much as I enjoyed that, the thing that struck me the most about his role play was what he said after he took off his “glasses.” (Dr. McDowell put on fake glasses when he was an Atheist, and took them off to become himself again). After turning back into himself, Dr. McDowell asked us how we had treated Him. He asked us if we had been kind, respectful, and honoring, or if we had been terse, rude, and accusing. As soon as he asked that, I realized how disrespectful I had been. I have a habit of treating anyone who doesn’t agree with me as if they’re stupid and unreasonable. I realized after what he said, that I don’t do a good job of showing Christ’s love to others. What he said made me think twice, and challenged me to love others better, and I’m hoping to learn that lesson again at The Summit.
3. I want to learn to reason well.
Even though Paul said that he would be a fool for Christ, as some count foolishness, he also said to have an answer prepared for every man. So even if some people think that the gospel is foolishness, I want to have an answer prepared for every person I come across who will attempt to challenge my faith. I’ll never have all the answers, but through God’s help, study, and going to things like The Summit, I hope to be able to reasonably and effectively explain what I believe, and why I believe it.
So those are my hopes for summit. I also want to meet new people, get to know other strong Christians, and leave with more of a passion for ministry. All in all, I want to learn to glorify God through a greater love for Him, a greater love for others, and a greater ability to explain (and share) my faith. I’m already planning to write a post about my experience at The Summit after I return (and possibly to write one when I’m there), so you’ll all hear about how awesome it is later. But for now, I’m looking forward to it, and hoping that you’ll pray for me as I go there. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll come back with some awesome stories to tell!