If we think long enough, most of us can pull out a favorite memory, or remember a lesson that resonated with us at the time. For many of us, those four days probably felt like trying to drink water from a fire hose; we heard from some of the best speakers, were in a city surrounded by disciples, and spent most of the four days connecting to God. However, we all have found in time that it was almost impossible for every experience, lesson, and interaction to stick. How then do we take what we gained there and use it to change our lives to come?
The most important thing we can do is not to let the stories become part of the landscape of our Christian lives. Not because of schedules, or time, distance, or struggles. We need these stories to remain in our hearts. As I spoke to Stuart Mains from Orange County, California, he said, “The biggest thing that I took back from the summit was the idea that we need to focus, again, on sending out and planting churches everywhere. Immediately in my campus ministry when we came home we gave every student a country to pray for everyday until they have a church planted there. We have had the students for the welcome during midweek share about their country and what they are learning about it, and there desire to plant a church there. Truly the world discipleship summit has given us a new sense of urgency to save the entire world.”
At the same time, my conversation with Daniel Schuster from Austin Texas helped my heart in understanding why we want to share our faith and what our goal should be. He told me “I had forgotten the idea of compassion. I no longer had compassion on someone who was lost. Compassion means "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering." After Rob Novak's lesson on compassion for the lost, I have had that desire to alleviate my campus' suffering.”
My conversation with Daniele Schmader from Portland Oregon reminded me of how powerfully the scriptures were used, and the impact they should have on our lives. She told me one of her favorite points was a scripture shared by Justin Renton from Johannesburg South Africa. She said, “He used Matthew 14:25-33 along with other scriptures to describe our tendencies to "start projects of the faith, but not finish them." This surfaced the countless dreams and spiritual visions or ideas I've had over the years, and yet I've left these paintings with blank spots of canvas. As disciples, our Faith is our fuel, and Justin really challenged us to look into our hearts to see if we have more "fear than faith."
These are only three examples of conversations I have been able to have because of the summit, but stories like these and talks to be had in every ministry. As Christians, we understand that a lesson is only as powerful as its application, and the impact of this summit was not seen in San Antonio. San Antonio was an experience many of us will never forget, but its’ power only comes in the refusal of letting these lessons die on the mountain.
Here is a campus video from the WDS on DTtv...