For our church time, I was partnered with an outstanding leader and had the most awesome group of upper classmen girls. There were 6 of us total, and they were such an encouragement to me. They all loved Jesus already, and challenged each other and myself to dig deeper into Christ. We shared each others burdens and really analyzed what the preacher said.
It was very uplifting to see people give up their time to play (rec time at camp) to serve someone else. Don't get me wrong--it wasn't easy work--however, the students did it with a Joy that was very noticeable. We left the home praying for the neighbors recovery, the couples salvation and praising God for His Love and Faithfulness.
These are my notes from throughout the week. Some of these ideas are paraphrased and some are direct quotes. The notes below are a mixture of main ideas and side notes from camp.
* Pain has a purpose.
* Everyone is a creation of God, but only those who have a relationship with Jesus are Children
-On the first night, the speaker started with a powerful example. He asked very vaguely who
believed in Jesus and everyone in the place raised their hands. Then he pointed out that
even the demons believe in Jesus but that doesn't mean they know and follow Him. Talk
* The one thing that God will not put up with is not being God.
-In Matt 16:24-25 Jesus says "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and
take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but
whoever loses their life for me will find it."
* The dirtiest word in Christianity is pride because pride tricks you into thinking you can play God
for yourself. Thinking "I know God said (fill in the blank) but I think my way is better..."
- He stands in opposition to the proud.
- 1 Corinthians 8:2-3 says "Those who think they know something do not yet know as they
ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God."
* Philippians 2 says that Christ made himself nothing--in human likeness.
(Get it? Human = nothing)
* If God never does anything again, that would be more than enough.
* You cannot follow Jesus without Jesus.
We spent a lot of time in Philippians 2 and 3 this week. I couldn't help notice something that I had underlined in my Bible before in Philippians 4:
It was a great week at camp, I am already looking forward to next year! :) If you go to my church, I challenge you to starting thinking and planning to go next year. I promise you that teenagers don't bite!