Durham! Part 3

This week started off really well! The sessions were spectacular (as always),  I accomplished a lot at my internship, but on Thursday I woke up sick (I will explain more at the end of my post). Also, I appologize for the lack of pictures in this post! There wasn’t much to photograph last week!

Sessions

Monday-RTB (Read the Bible)& Discipleship:

This week’s session of RTB, led by Justin Leitch, consisted of another passage from Ephesians.

Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness , with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men”

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens that he might fill all things). And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Once again we used the OIA method that I talked about in Durham! Part 1 and in Durham! Part 2. After making observations about the passage, we started to interpret what it meant. Doing this as a group allows us to popcorn ideas off one another. We summarized this passage as: Paul wants us to remember we are all unified in Christ, and should encourage and build each other up, and disciple each other to grow into Christ. At the beginning of the passage, Paul identifies the oneness we have as Christian: “There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). he mentions the word “one” 7 times! He was stressing that we are all unified as Christians when we join the Family of God. He also talked about how were given “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11). When he says “saints”, he is referring to Believers, and “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers” are just another way of saying disciples. Since all believers are called to be disciples, this means we are all disciples making disciples. We are supposed to build each other up and disciple one another! (Just a quick reminder: A Disciple is someone who is with Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is on mission with Jesus.)

In our Discipleship Session  we talked about intentionality when discipling someone. Our leader, Wes Smith, said, “You don’t make disciples by accident.” You have to start with small steps. There are main three questions he uses when discipling people. Where are they now? Where do I see God taking them? What is the next step? Wes broke this down further so you could understand the best way to disciple individuals, and as always the best way to answer these questions is to get to know the people you are discipling! Ask Questions! And spend time with them! When you are discipling it is important to understand that you can’t make your goal happen; we cannot change their hearts. It is imperative that you intentionally pray for the people you are discipling!

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Durham! Part 2

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It’s hard to believe I have reached the half way point of my time here in Durham! I want to catch you all up on what happened at City Project last week! To give a fair warning this post is pretty long, but only because last week was packed with amazing speakers and and awesome fellowship in Christ. So sit down with a cup of hot coffee (or tea if that’s your thing), and get ready to see how God has moved in my life this week (and hopefully how He can move in yours, too!)

Sessions

The sessions this week have been amazing! God has opened my eyes to sins in my life, and has allowed the speakers to pour into me!

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Durham! Part 1

Leaving New York felt like an end to City Project, but it was only the beginning! In the last two weeks I have seen God move in ways I would have never thought before!

We got back on a Saturday, so the next day we all went to church. It is a City Project requirement to serve at one service and attend another. This allows us to glorify God by serving the members and guests at Summit! I serve at Summit Kids, so I am assigned in whatever classroom they need me. Last Sunday I was with the one year olds. If you know me, you are aware that I am usually found working with older elementary students or middle schoolers. One year olds was a little out of my comfort zone, but surprisingly, I LOVED it (and was actually good at it)!! I got to spend my morning singing, reading, and comforting the little ones, and I got to know the lovely couple I was volunteering with! It was a wonderful morning, and God really showed me how stepping outside my comfort zone can show me gifts I didn’t know I had. I felt like a baby whisperer when I was able to quickly calm a crying child, and could capture the interest of the band of babies when reading a book about animals.

Three Major Goals! 

Throughout the week, in the mornings, we have been in sessions on different aspects of discipleship and Christian community. The three major points we have been discussing about disciples are:

  1. Be with Jesus continually.
  2. Be changed by Jesus.
  3. Be on mission with Jesus.

Our goal this summer is to try to follow these three points in our everyday lives, so that we can bring these habits with us when we go home and when we are back on campus in the fall.

Internship!

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I have been blessed with an internship with Summit Kids! This is a pastoral internship, where I am learning the ins-and-outs of Summit Kids. This past week we have done a variety of things to help Summit Kids run smoothly and prepare for Kids Week (VBS).

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  • We have researched articles/videos/books on Gospel centered Parenting that Summit Kids can use on Social Media, and have compiled a database of resources on a google doc that they can pull from in the future.
  • We have created a Craigslist account to give away items that clutter the storage closets.
  • We have created a spreadsheet to help budget and order the items needed for games and crafts at Kids Week and Preschool Week.
  • We have edited documents that will be used at Kids Camp.
  • And more. . .

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City Project in NYC

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My Evangelism Team was the best!

I can’t believe New York is over!

This past week was full of challenges and lessons that God used to grow me spiritually. It all started at the lovely hour of 5am, with two buses, and over 100 people. After 10 hours of napping and bonding on the bus, we could finally see the skyline of the city! Our first day we went over a few details, and had some free time to get dinner in the city.

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We were staying in Queens, and there were 8 people per room, so there was plenty of time to get to know the girls I was staying with!

During our time in New York we were given training on how to witness to the unreached people groups in NYC. God commands us to go and make disciples of the nations (Matthew 28:19-20), and the nations have come to us in NYC! It is an amazing hub of cultural diversity that gives missionaries the ability to reach the nations without leaving the country!

One of the things we learned in our discipleship training was the three circles method of sharing the gospel (see image below). When we look at the world around us we see brokenness: bad relationships, abuse, drugs, war, cancer… etc. This was not God’s design. His design was perfect, but something happened that took us out of His perfect design: sin. Sin is anything that disobeys God. When humans sinned, they were pulled from God’s design into a world of brokenness. But! God was merciful! He had created a way to bring us from our broken world back into His design. He came in the form of Jesus to sacrifice himself for our sins so that we could come back into God’s perfect design.

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We were able to use this method of explaining the gospel several times while we were in New York.

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Lunch in Central Park

In the afternoons, when we finished training, we would go get lunch with our Evangelism Teams before going to our assigned neighborhoods. Our Evangelism Team was assigned to Sunnyside and Astoria. During our time in the neighborhoods we prayer-walked, read scripture, did surveys (which were used to help share the gospel), and prayed over members of the community. This was out of my comfort zone. I have more experience witnessing to children, so talking to adults intimidated me. I had to trust God to give me the words to say, and the courage to speak. God truly answered prayers! I got to witness to Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, and Atheists throughout the week, and for many of them it was the first time they had ever heard the gospel! One of the verses that stuck with me Continue reading