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August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26 (Session 7, Day 8)

Sunday, August 26 (Session 7, Day 8)

 

This is my second time coming to The Summit; and as always, it is a great blessing to be here. Since attending last year, the LORD has continued His work in my life. I have learned so much, and have been able to share much of that knowledge with others. “So what is different this time around?” you may ask. Well, since Session 1 of last year, I have realized that there is a difference between knowing and loving, and that not everyone realizes this and puts it into practice. I have seen this realization modeled in my pastor. He is a very knowledgeable man; knows the right answers to the tough questions people ask.  I have seen how he takes the time to see where a person with these questions is coming from, and thus he is able to really speak to the heart of a person’s worldview, instead of just speaking heady mind games. He shows the truth of Christianity by his words and actions. I have seen so many times, how people, Christians and non-Christians alike, seek to tell the truth to someone, but in doing so end up tearing that person’s belief system apart with their harsh words and arguments, thus resulting in bitterness and anger much of the time. It is especially modeled, for example, by the Christians who stand protesting against homosexuality and abortion. You see them holding the signs up saying, “God hates homos”, and “Turn or Burn”. These people in my opinion, while with good intentions, are hurting more than helping. They are telling the world that God’s love is conditional. I think if this view  were true ( It’s not, 1 John 4:10 saying, “And this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.”) our faith would be a lie and in vain. What is missing from the message of these protestors is the LOVE of God. One cannot have the story of redemption without love!

All of this to say, that during this past year God has shown me that you cannot use this knowledge taught at The Summit well, without practicing love. The Apostle Paul so rightly said, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all the mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all that I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Everything we have learned here; how to use logic and reason to prove the existence of God, how to refute arguments, apologetics, overviews of different worldviews, to name a few, is of NO VALUE if we do not love the people around us.

I, as an alumnus of The Summit, wholeheartedly endorse their ministry. What Summit is doing is so crucial for the world today. Their mission, in essence, is to teach you to love more intelligently. And that is what Jesus Himself said was most important:

“You shall love the LORD your God with all of your heart, all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two depend all the law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37b-40)

 

Fully Dependent upon His grace, Jenna Steigleder

 


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  • August 29, 2012 // 06:08 am //  # 
    The Browns's avatar The Browns

    Wise words, Jenna.  Thanks for sharing, and may you and your session-mates always abound in love and grace, as well as knowledge!

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