There are so many things to do before heading off to college; one of the most important is solidifying my worldview. This is my second year attending Summit Ministries, and I am so thankful to be here.
As I hiked up Red Mountain within the first few hours of arriving, I was reminded of Psalm 72:3, “The mountains give peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.” Every morning before breakfast, I go hiking with some of the other early risers. These mountaintop experiences prepare my heart and mind to be open to the teachings of some great apologists.
Today I had the privilege of listening to and learning from Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, a former follower of Islam. He met a young apologist during college and began studying to disprove the Bible. He prayed and humbly asked God to reveal the truth. He had two undeniable encounters, including a vision of many crosses in a dark room, as well as a dream based clearly on Luke 13:24 where he stood in a narrow door way. He was being invited to enter the kingdom through Jesus Christ. When he awoke, he had confirmation about the true and living God. He began reading the Bible for strength, encouragement, comfort, and direction. He mourned the loss of his family and heritage; Dr. Qureshi literally died to self by converting to Christianity.
As I listen to the teachers at Summit, I am challenged to develop my convictions and defend my faith for the glory of God. This year, I can explain my Christian worldview, share my beliefs and explain the “why” behind my decisions. I look at everything in light of the Word of God.
Dr. Qureshi taught that we have all been given the spiritual gifts to become world changers. He also shared with us that if we base our beliefs on the Bible and our foundation in Christ, we should have a solid Christian worldview. Tonight, as Dr. Qureshi signed his book, he wrote a personal message to each one of us who asked, which included a Bible verse and a sentence or short statement. Even though he only had a few moments with each one of us the things he said and wrote spoke personally to every student.
I would encourage all Summit students to attain a copy of his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. His words are truly inspiring. I cannot express the emotions I felt as he prayed tonight. He was praying for specific people in the room as well as issues we are struggling with. It was a blessing to be able to experience his lectures.
I am excited for the remainder of my time at Summit, and I pray that the Lord will bless every student here in a unique way, and that we will all leave being able to strongly defend our faith.
I want to be a world changer!