This is the last story in our series from our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We praise God for what He did in the hearts of all who joined us on the Precept campus this summer, and what that means for their lives and ministry now and in the future. Every year we are in awe of the gifts God gives us through the ENGAGE interns, and we are already so excited about who the Lord will bring to the 2017 ENGAGE Internship!
Our desire has been that these stories:
— encourage faith in the living Christ
— give insight about the ENGAGE Internship
— stir excitement for God’s heart-shaping response when humans seek Him
— show snippets of transformation and life change (that the interns experienced through Scripture and community)
It was such a sweet and unexpected blessing for Katherine Ann to be a part of our ENGAGE intern team this summer. Though she had never been to the Precept campus, the Lord began using inductive Bible study in her life even in elementary school! If you haven’t read her testimony from doubt to hopeful confidence in Christ, it’s definitely worth your time. When asked to write about her summer, Katherine Ann’s words came with such a strong flow and with Scriptures woven throughout:
This summer has been one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve ever had. I came into this summer praying for one word: “transformation.” This may sound cliché, but I desired to be changed this summer, and not just walk out with a handful of knowledge or a good experience. The Lord has truly met me in this, and my heart is overwhelmed by the way He gave me the desire for transformation and then met me sweetly in that.
The very core of this ministry depends on the Spirit’s power to transform lives through the Word of God. We don’t study Scripture to know a bunch of information, and we don’t approach it to better our lives or memorize a handbook. We come to the Word because in it we meet Jesus Himself, not according to our presumptions but according to who He says He truly is. John 5:38-40 has been one of the most convicting and awe-inspiring passages to my soul this summer:
“You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”
Oh that we would come to the word to know Jesus and to abide in His word by believing Him. Hebrews 4:2 says: “For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”
We come as needy beggars before God, desperate for His Spirit to move and dependent on Christ’s blood to cover. However, we also come confidently to His throne of grace when we are in Jesus, for through Jesus we have our access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). In faith we approach God, for this is how we please Him (Hebrews 11:6). In faith we study His word, as we trust Him to transform a heart even as wandering as mine.
This is how God has worked this summer. When I felt no heart change listening to the word at Boot Camp, I cried out. When I didn’t know what the Lord was doing, I cried out. When my heart was learning truth but not worshipping, I cried out. When I wanted to resist God’s lordship in my life, I cried out. And in needing the Lord in each of these moments of sin, hard-heartedness, numbness, or uncertainty, I got to approach Him with the very faith – the very need-based trust – that He was providing. God got the glory, and I got the good.
There are lists of truth in my journals that God has taught me in His word this summer. Not just facts – but facts that His Spirit touched my heart through. He has begun to teach me that His gospel is worth treasuring – but it is also worth the cost it demands.
He has revealed how quickly my mind seeks knowledge and how slowly my heart worships Him in it. He has demonstrated how powerfully His word stands alone to convict, break, heal, and resurrect. He has reminded me that I still need Jesus – even to surrender, even to worship, and even to love His word – and that this accomplished by the gospel. He has enamored me by teaching me of His commitment to present me holy and blameless before Him. He has stripped me of identities that I was able to hide behind in familiarity. He has awed my heart by His sovereignty and encouraged me by His kindness.
I will forever remember this summer, and I stand in awe of His sovereign hand to bring it about. My cup overflows, and He alone has done it.
Thanking Him at the thought of every memory,
Katherine Ann & The Transform Team