Tuesday, August 23, 2005
A SPIRITUAL QUEST
This is the beginning of an unique upward trek made in small groups. Taking a biblical expedition through this study will demand determination to push for the "upward call of God". I enjoyed my first scaling of these mountains, and enthusiastically anticipate several small groups joining me in this upward quest. My prayer for you is that through your study, and reliance on godly strength, the higher climb will be your reward. As a guide, I will announce the summit we will scale each month. Whether you are a seasoned climber, or a beginner; I want to know your struggles and promise to be available to lend a hand, rope, or instruction. We have chosen seven summits and will climb one each month.
WHAT QUALITIES DOES A TRUE CLIMBER HAVE?
We have a personal relationship with the Master Climber. John 3:36; John 14:6
We have a Teacher who dwells in us to teach us God's truth. John 14:16,26
We treasure the Scriptures and its instructions light our path. Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12
We are using lessons taught by Mary Kassian in her book Vertically Inclined (LifeWay.com)
WHAT WILL THIS HIKE ASK OF YOU
You will be partnered with 5-8 climbers as a leader at our base camp.
You will have daily guides to study for deeper understanding and history of the mountains.
You will also be asked to memorize certain paths.
Record any 'special moments' on your own, or share them on this blog. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and focus on the prize of the upward call. Record your scenes, those inspiring sites, and even your heartbreaking times. Tell me about the steep peaks that give you trouble, and the jutting cliffs you had to surmount.
As we climb, I will share practical concepts and skills I learn on my climb. I will share lessons I study along the way and many of my thoughts as I climb. I invite each climber to join me, journaling what is learned along the way.
Let me join you in the "Tent of Meeting" and encourage your progress with our Teacher.
Please be willing to obey and follow whatever path the Teacher shows you.
WHAT TO DO IN FACE OF CHALLENGES
As we climb each summit, there will be challenges that require partnering with each other and communication with our Teacher. Often fog will hamper our vision of the path, and we need to honestly share the burden with each other. We will only go forward by encouragement and in the strength of the Teacher. Empowerment and direction will come from the Teacher.
LET'S COVENANT TOGETHER
Let's hold tightly to the hope we already have as we learn new paths in the upward climg.
Let's think of ways to encourage outbursts of love and good works.
Let's agree immediately not to neglect coming together to share our burdens.
Let's confess to each other when we need encouragement, helpful hints, warnings, or just a hand to grab to pull us upward.
Let's warn each other of jagged rock, outlying cliffs, and pitholes in the path.
AS I GEAR UP I HOPE
My desire is to be available for you, and know there will be times, I will be so glad you are on my team! I am ready for this climb! I will meet you at base camp in early September. I'm looking forward to the fellowship we will have as we learn to climb together!
So, my boots are on, and I am dressed for service! I hope to see you at base camp!