Three weeks ago I left my home to Summit Ministries and I had no idea what was in store for me. I plan to write another blog post talking about my time at Summit, what I learned, and how it changed me. For now I want to share with you just a few of the many notes I took during my time in Manitou Springs, CO. The lectures I sat in contained many different topics such as abortion, same sex marriage, different religions, creative, design, etc. For this post I would like to focus on personal discipleship and growth as well as resources at the end. I hope this is as beneficial to you as it is to me.
- Set low goals and build on them
- What can you learn in 15 minutes? 30 minutes? 1 hour in a day?
- Read the opposition so you can be educated and prepared to defend
- Ponder your day at night
Set Goals: example
- Establish/join a support group in ____ (hometown)
- Got involved with a ministry: _____
- Eat at least once a week with someone/talk about life/God/direction in life
- Less phone/TV/music
- No tech zone: table, car, bedroom
- Practice virtue and sustain good habits: read biographies
Establish a morning/night routine
Prayer Day reflections
Bible reading/study Prayer
Non-fiction reading Quiet time
Our worldview form our values
Our values form our actions
Our actions form who we are
YOU CAN RULE OVER YOUR FANTASIES
5 ways to evaluate
- What are your loves? What are you habitually intimate with? (What do you share yourself with?)
- What are your longings? (Imagination aims you, Sets your trajectory) what do you habitually aim for?
- Where are my loyalties? (Commitments, what takes your time?) Our loyalties are rarely for people, they are for things.
- Where are my labors? (What do you work hard at in life?)
- What are my liturgies (rhythms created in life) culture litergizes us: shopping, internet, etc. watch your habits.
- Ask parents to evaluate your answers.
You need a friend that will be brutally honest with you (faithful are the wounds of friends) Virtues train 1. Emotions 2. Habits 3. Chest (truth)
Cultivate our chests
- Know what is true and good (read good books)
- Practice what is good and true (if you want to be a good lifter, lift weights)
- Practice repentance 1. It’s a moral workout 2. Get right with God
- Create space for accountability – there’s no limit to human justification
- What good around me can be celebrated, protected and preserved?
- What is missing around me that I can offer?
- What evil around me must stop?
- What is broken around me that I can restore?
What explains high performance: improvement, repetition, feedback, thoughtfulness, rigor
Seek Wise Counsel
- What made the difference for you?
- I’d like to hear the story of how you got into this vocational field
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way?
- If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?
- Who are the key leaders in that field that I should be paying attention to?
- Who are some of the people who personally influenced you toward success?
- What are 5 books you have found helpful in this field?
- Are there any magazines or publications I need to be reading on a regular basis?
- What would you say are the essential principles for success in this field?
- Time and money aside, what would you rather be doing?
- What are your goals at the present time?
- How do you manage your time successfully?
- Have you ever coached anyone else to be successful in this field?
- What are some ways I could learn more about this field?
- What are some obstacles along the way that I need to be aware of?
- What questions have I not asked that I should be asking?
http://www.summit.org/Jeff Myers blog: http://Www.summit.org/the-presidents-desk/
John stonestreet blog: http://Www.summit.org/blogs/the-point
College approval level: Thefire.org
World magazine: www.worldmag.com
Human events: www.humanevents.org
Stand to reason: http://www.str.org
Traditional marriage: Familyfacts.org
American vision: Www.americanvision.com
Biblical worldview: Www.christianworldview.net
Christian answers: Www.christiananswers.net
Christian apologetics & research ministry: Www.carm.org
Christian research institute: www.equip.org (888)700-0274
Prove ministries: www.probe.org (800)899-7762
Teton apologetics ministries: www.tektonics.org
Fallacy files: www.fallacyfiles.org
Logical fallacies: www.logicalfallacies.info
Of course, I recommend those that went to Summit to continue to look at their notebooks, especially the end notes for key points, quotes, and resources.