19 Year Old John

I’ve been thinking a lot about college students this week.  It’s probably because I get to lead the College Community Group tomorrow night at GW.
But it’s also because Laura and I took the boys to Georgetown last week on our family rest day.  We ran around campus, ate lunch and tried to explain that Mommy and Daddy both went to school here – I don’t think they were buying it!  To be honest, it was kind of surreal.  I kept picturing 19 year old John running around those same spaces and marveling at how much my life had changed.  When I was in college, I wasn’t sure I would get married and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t ever have kids.  And now here I was with three beautiful examples of God’s grace in my life.
But what 19 year old John would NEVER have seen is that 38 year old John would be the Pastor of Restoration City Church.  I would have laughed, wondered what tragedy prevented me from getting a real job and then laughed some more.  But Jesus has a funny way of leading us to places we never thought we would go.  When I finally understood the gospel in the second semester of my junior year, everything started changing.  My friends.  My interests.  My view of the world.  How I liked to spend my time.  Everything.
That’s why college students are such a big deal for us at Restoration City.  I know first hand the power of God grabbing hold of someone’s life during that university moment.  It can change everything.  That’s why the 3rd member of our staff team is a college pastor.  That’s why we devote resources every week to the college community group (they’re a well fed bunch!).  And that’s why we do our DistrictLife summer internships – because we want to be a church that invests in the collegiate generation.
College students, we love you and we’re for you!  We believe God has great things in store for your lives and we want to walk alongside you into everything He has for you.  More importantly, we want to inspire and equip you to shine the light of Jesus on your campus.  That’s what your Community Group is all about and that’s what our summer internships are all about.
If you’re thinking about doing a summer internship with Restoration City, this is a great time to talk with Marshall.  We’re firming up our plans for the summer and want to help you do the same.  Here’s how my friend Joey Schwartz describes last year’s experience with Restoration City:
“God used my internship at Restoration City Church to deepen my roots in the gospel and stretch my faith as I saw Him work powerfully. Under the leadership of the RCC pastors, I learned how to lead people more effectively with passion, grace, and truth. But the main reason I would encourage everyone to intern at RCC is the opportunity. Every summer, thousands of college students from across the country swarm to the nation’s capital for summer internships. These students are eager to make a difference in the world, and they long for a greater purpose. As an intern at RCC, you have the opportunity to share the gospel with these students. You have the opportunity to tell them that their greater purpose is found beyond this world, in the love and hope of Jesus Christ.”
You can apply for our summer internship here.  Just remember – the point isn’t to get you to do an internship, it’s to get you to burn brightly for Jesus in every sphere of life!

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