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May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27 (Session 1, Day 12)

Friday, May 27 (Session 1, Day 12)

Today is the final day of one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The Summit has been such an enriching experience for me, and I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend. Today we had lectures by Chuck Edwards, Randall Niles and John Stonestreet, all giving presentations on how we can utilize what we have learned here at the Summit in our own cities and in our own situations. These men, as well as all the other incredibly wise and talented speakers that we have heard, have used their knowledge to equip the saints and have helped us to think and love more intelligently.

Mr. Edwards spoke on effectively taking worldview thinking back home with us, giving us great examples and role models, such as William Wilberforce, to follow after. He encouraged us not to become discouraged if we do not see immediate results because these things take time. We are a city in a hill, and salt and light to the world, but what good are we if we do not use our God-given talents to further His Kingdom?

Mr. Niles spoke on how we can use technology for evangelism. His lecture was incredibly interesting. He illustrated how we may use the social networks effectively to reach out to the billions of users daily searching for truth. He showed us the tactic of Search Engine Optimization and how his company is now on the top results of key search phrases, such as “God” and “Worldview.” In the age of information and technology, it is crucially important for Christians to be making themselves and their beliefs known to the world via technology. Jesus told us to be “in the world, but not of the world.” Again, we cannot do this unless we gather together and stand up for what is honorable, upright, and pleasing in the sight of God.

Mr. Stonestreet delivered a compelling lecture on tackling the question, “are we amusing ourselves to death?” He showed us how our culture has been redefining many fundamental concepts such as love, the purpose of life, who/what we worship, etc. He challenged us to take an inventory of our life, to see what is plunging us deeper into life and what is distracting us from the life that God has chosen for us and called us to. Our generation is constantly bombarded with things and ideas screaming for our attention. Will we give run after them? Or will we be still, and know that He is God?

These two weeks have been a pivotal point in my life. I will no longer settle for complacency. I am part of the Body of Christ, and I am not going to cripple that body by not doing anything. In closing, I want to bring to your attention the passage in Scripture, Isaiah 43. This chapter is essentially a love poem from our Lord to us, depicting His awesome and unending love for us. It describes how He feels for us, what He has done and will do for us, if only we love Him back. But the last part of the chapter shows how Israel turned away from Him. How they left their first love. How they turned to idols, bowing down to and worshiping them. They broke their Father’s heart. Does this sound familiar? Haven’t we done the very same thing? Jesus died our souls to save, are our lips repeating?

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  • June 09, 2011 // 08:49 pm //  # 
    Ruth Stauffer's avatar Ruth Stauffer

    Beautiful, Jenna.

  • June 10, 2011 // 06:32 am //  # 
    Christine deNazarie's avatar Christine deNazarie

    Great post Jenna.
    much love,

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