FINISHERC. S. Lewis Institute Fellows Retreat Sunday Morning Joel S. Woodruff
What’s wrong with the world?• Early in the 19th century, “The Times” of London posed a question to its subscribers, “What is wrong with the world?” One writer wrote the following response,“Dear Sir, I am. Yours faithfully, G. K. Chesterton”
C. S. Lewis quote"The Christian does not think God will love usbecause we are good, but that God will makeus good because He loves us."
Cal Stoll – Coach of Tony Dungy• “Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I’m looking for uncommon people.”
Path to real Change - John Maxwell AN EVENT A PROCESS• Encourages decisions Encourages development• Motivates people Matures people• Is a calendar issue Is a culture issue• Challenges people Changes people• Is easy Is difficult
Maxwell quote“If I need to be inspired to take steps forward,then I’ll attend an event.If I want to improve, then I’ll engage in a processand stick with it.”
1 Timothy 4:1-16Paul says that we need to train ourselves to begodly.“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what theworld is.” (C. S. Lewis)
1) SacrificeIt’s been said,“Champions don’t become champions in thering, they are merely recognized there.”What sacrifices will I need to make in order toprogress, defeat the enemies, and finish thecourse?
Bobb Biehl maxim“Every choice we make is the result of a process inwhich we weigh the price of that choice against thevalue that we perceive it brings.VALUE PRICE MOTIVATION based on wants and needs
The question“Is the value of godly training worth the priceor the sacrifice that you need to make tocomplete the CS Lewis Fellows program?”
Winston Churchill quote“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in oneword: Victory –victory at all costs, victory inspite of all terror, victory, however long and hardthe road may be; for without victory, there is nosurvival.”
2) StrategyWhat strategies will I need to implement tohelp me make measurable progress and finishthis training for godliness through the CS LewisFellows Program?
You need a coach and teammates• v. 15, train “so that everyone may see your progress.”• Coach in Fellows program – Your Mentor• Teammates – Fellow Fellows
Donald Whitney quote• “The spiritual disciplines definitely have some nonpublic applications, but they were never meant to be practiced apart from fellowship. Christians in Western cultures find it easy to forget the role played by fellowship in the theology and practice of the spiritual disciplines. One cause of that oversight is the intense individualism touted in our do-your- own-thing, be-your-own-boss, look-out-for- number-one society.”
Individual ResponsibilityPaul throws out this strategy when he writes, inverse 16“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Perseverein them…”
“Think Beyond the Whole” Max DePreeHe told them not to settle for what a colleagueof his called, “running the ninety-five yard dash.”For as you know, there is no 95 yard dash, onlythe 100 yard dash. If you are running a 100 yarddash and only completed 95 yards, then the raceis pointless…He explained that serious runnersthink of it as a 110-yard-dash so that no one willbeat you in the last few yards. That completesthe idea nicely. Think beyond the whole.”
3) SUCCESSWhat will success look like when you finish theCS Lewis Fellows program?Paul wraps up his charge to Timothy in chapter 4with a beautiful image of success,“If you (persevere in whole hearted godlytraining) you will save both yourself and yourhearers.”
FINISHER• Marine Corps Marathon FINISHER! FINISHER!You know, when you finish your lifelong trainingin godliness, it won’t matter whether you were1st or 4,218th. What will matter is that youfinished the race and your Creator said to you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
ABD’s & Churchill legend77% of doctoral candidates never complete thedissertation – they get an A.B.D. “All butdissertation.”Don’t settle for “All but…” in the Fellowsprogram“Never Give Up” speech of Churchill