At some point during the semester, each Institute class is trained to be a Truth Project small group leader.
That happened yesterday.
I call it a “knighting” of sorts, because there is a commissioning that goes way beyond just handing each of them a copy of the Truth Project DVDs.
We are on a quest. The quest is to ask God to use our humble efforts to prepare the Body of Christ…to make her ready, strong, healthy.
That means we seek for God to deeply transform His people—a transformation that we believe comes primarily through the intimate fellowship of small groups, authentic discussions, and supported with the fervent prayers of the host.
We have heard thousands of testimonies from those who have followed this pattern, which we believe is blessed because it is what God desires of us, and not too many from those who haven’t.
So, we “knight” our students to go forth, committed to the proposition that God is the One whom we will be calling upon to do this work and that there is nothing magic in the DVDs to do so. We also hope and pray that they will catch a vision to establish an on-going work at their university, targeting the very vulnerable freshmen, so that there will be someone to perpetuate the small groups long after they have departed.
What an exciting work to be involved in!
So, go forth, Sir Gregory. Go forth Sister Anna (is that how you address a female knight?)
I arrived home from Costa Rica late Sunday and early Monday morning appeared (partially coherent) in the classroom with the Summer 09 Institute class.
We begin each day with a devotional time, class runs all morning, followed by an “open forum” over lunch, where any and all questions are fair game. The rest of the afternoon is filled with individual 1:1 time in my office.
Monday we talked about Truth and God’s Design for Social Order; Tuesday we dealt with the Trinity, the Family and the Church; Wednesday and Thursday were dedicated to understanding God’s design for the state and the American Experiment; Friday we wrestled with some of our culture’s burning issues; After a weekend of play, Monday brought us to the sphere of labor and God’s design for work and vocation; Tuesday we looked at the sphere of Community and God’s heart for the needy; And Tuesday afternoon and evening, as is our weekly custom, we were all in the park eating together and enjoying a wonderful time of worship…and then the Ultimate Frisbee challenge began.
Once again, I provided the handicap for the strongest team.
I love these students! They are so bright and engaging and energizing...and they have a deep heart for God. Don't sell them short. This is a powerful generation that is rising up behind us!