Head. This summer you’ll read four works on Christian living:
- Tedd Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands. The subtitle says it all: “people in need of change helping people in need of change.”
- Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible. This might be the most unusual book you’ll read for the internship. It’s a children’s book, but profound in helping little ones (and big ones!) understand how “every story whispers his name.”
- J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. This is a classic work on the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility as they relate to evangelism.
- Timothy Keller, Generous Justice. In our efforts to reject social-gospel liberalism, Christians have forgotten a very important aspect of our faith and practice: showing mercy to the least of these. Keller reawakens us to this call.
Heart. As you read these books, I want you to keep a second-person journal. (See previous.)
Hands. I’d like for the two of you to get to know each other and become accountability partners. Men often (rightly) seek accountability for sexual matters, like pornography, lust, and masturbation. That’s good, but it’s partial. Pastors need healthy relationships in which all areas of life are open to investigation by another. For a married man, his primary accountability is his wife, but even married pastors need other men to whom they are transparent. So for the ten weeks you are together, I want you to meet up once a week during which you get to know one another and begin to open up about every area of life: personal walk with Christ, fruit of the Spirit, specific areas of temptation, battle for sexual purity, evangelism, discipleship, entertainment, and so forth.
Furthermore each of you needs to find one guy and disciple him. Look for someone whom you can help spiritually and get involved in his life.