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August 13, 2012

Monday, August 13 (Session 6, Day 9)

Monday, August 13 (Session 6, Day 9)

I can hardly believe this is already the end of the first week of Summit! This week has been filled with many stimulating ideas. Today was mostly a free day, with one session in the evening taught by Dr. Myers. The topic was on the purpose and place of the church and we explored several metaphors for the church used in scripture. These included “the body” (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), “a family” (Hebrews 2:10-18), “a team” (Hebrews 12:1-11), and “an army” (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Much of the day prior to the worship service and the evening session was spent in relaxation or the pursuit of adventure. Some students chose to spend the morning at the Summit hotel or perusing the shops in Manitou Springs. Other students rose early to go rock climbing, white water rafting, or hiking. I was part of the hiking group, which chose to conquer “The Incline.”

Our group headed out around 7:30 a.m., lugging large quantities of water. The Incline proved to be the longest staircase I have ever encountered. It rose 2,000 feet in elevation over the course of one mile. The group congregated at the base of the staircase, prayed, and then headed up the stairs to where the air was thinner and our feet felt heavier.

That trip up the mountain was challenging, but after about an hour, I reached the top. What an amazing feeling! We waited until the entire group arrived at the top. We then held a brief devotion before beginning our return trip. The hike back down was much easier, as we took a path that gradually sloped downhill.

The hike reminded me of what I’ve been hoping to get from Summit: the right focus. I had to keep my focus on the each step in front of me as I headed up the side of the mountain. Whenever I quit focusing on the steps, it was easy to become discouraged and tired more rapidly.

Here at Summit, we want to have the right focus as we study various worldviews. These sessions aren’t about learning how to win arguments or appear intelligent. Summit is about learning how to gently, yet confidently, defend the Christian faith, build relationships with people, and point others to Christ.

Another week of lectures begins tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to hear what the speakers have to share! We’ve covered many different topics and more are to come. May we keep a good focus as we hike through new topics this week!

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