Calvin’s Graduation Speech (Session 1)


As Christ’s followers, we stand on a rock.

The world has told me the rock we stand on is not a strong rock. Many people told me I did not have an answer to their questions because I was brainwashed.

Through Summit, I have learned that the Christian worldview offers consistent answers that apply to the most difficult environments and offers practical ways to pursue answers to the hardest questions. Though God hasn’t given us answers to every question, he has given us what we need to have a sure hope of Christ. From our time here we now have the tools to begin critical conversations to guide people to the truth of Christ as we model his love in the way we live.

Summit has helped open my eyes to see just how solid this rock we stand on really is.

God is our foundation. A foundation stronger than man can ever build. Summit has to help me take a stronger stance on my foundation. With this strong stance, I can lovingly invite others to stand strong on it as well.

Summit has given me the framework and model of a Christ-centered community. Knowing what a Christ-centered community looks like inspired me to help transform the communities around me.

What looks good on the outside can be very damaging on the inside.

This is true with many of the worldviews around us. Learning what those worldviews look like on inside helped reinforce this very important verse: “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”(Romans 12:2)

I encourage you to keep in contact with the friends you have made here at Summit, not only throughout the summer but through the years ahead.

God has brought us all here to the first Pennsylvania conference – that makes us a family.

As you go. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but be willing to associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited

May God use each of us in a powerful way for his kingdom. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each one of you.