BIBLE SCHOOL FOCUS #3
The very Person of God is community, and we have the opportunity to represent multiple aspects of His character as we love, grow, work, learn, worship, and live together. We are social beings, so intentional, God-honoring community is crucial for the Christian life.
The Covid-19 Virus rocked our world, shattering in-person connection and revealing to the globe the importance of intentional, face-to-face community.
At Timberline, it's simple: intentional community is woven into the fabric of who we are. Family style meals shared with staff, dorm-style living, and a common schedule between all forty students guarantees life-on-life relationship every day.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."
Surrounding yourself with people who desire to grow in their likeness of Christ creates a unique atmosphere of "positive peer pressure." Friends encouraging friends to read their bibles, ask tough questions, and be bold about sharing the Gospel on weekly outreach is rare in most places, but commonplace at Timberline. We desire to cultivate student-supported growth, where students come alongside each other and establish healthy habits and God-honoring attitudes.
Bible classes and outreach are crucial, but we do not ignore the importance of a fun time! Strangers transform into family during starry night hot tub sessions, bluebird resort days, card games in the lodge, and snack runs into town.