Student Camp: Belief Transforms Behavior
Jun 2017 11:03 AM

Student Camp: Belief Transforms Behavior

Jun 2017 11:03 AM
Jun 2017 11:03 AM

Day 2 of Student Camp has been wonderful! “The Son of man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10. We are seeing this truth come to life right before our eyes and it is a beautiful and worshipful thing.

The morning started off with a lovely camp breakfast, which was followed by a time for students to spend time in God’s Word through a devotional that was leading them in studying James 1:19-26.

After devotional time, the first Morning Show began with a round of Taebo to get our blood flowing. Then each group channeled their inner artists to create a sculpture of a staff member of their choosing. Two different groups of 9th grade girls ended up creating the winning sculptures, which gave them the opportunity to compete in a round of Jeparody (our version of Jeopardy). The rest of morning show consisted of some Camp News, Camp Superlatives, and the Jar of Humility. Then we finished off our morning session with teaching from Dave Rhodes, where he unpacked the scripture that students studied during devotional time.

He challenged us to think through this question: “What does your life say about what you truly believe? What do you do when God takes away the middle ground, which way do you go? Then we opened up the floor for students to ask Dave some questions.

The questions that he was asked…

  • How do you tell when God’s talking to you and what He wants you to do?
  • If you identify with the Pharisee from last night, how do you fill that gap with faith?
  • What do you do when you’re feeling convicted of a sin?

We hopped from our morning session straight into Day 2 of The Kadoku Games: The Star-Spangled Spectacular. Teams brought their A-game and left it all on the field!

After lunch, everyone got together with their family groups for their afternoon session with an added team building activity! Family groups were given cardboard and challenged to make a boat for tonight’s Night Swim Late Nite. After this, they walked through their Bible study session of the day, which was diving deeper into James 1:1 and the identity that is available to us in Christ.

Free time opened up opportunities for students to zipline, blob, ride on the banana boat, cliff jump into a lagoon full of fun inflatables to play on and much more. This was a great time for students to slow down, chill and enjoy time together.

During tonight’s worship session, the Spirit’s work was evident. We started off praying that God would meet us and reveal Himself to us as a group. Dave taught us from 2 Kings 5 and spoke to God’s work in the midst of our pain.

“If there was no pain and you never experienced pain, how would you know that you are broken and live in a world that is broken?”

The Lord spoke through Dave and was faithful to answer those prayers that we started the night with. The Spirit is incredibly active and is pursuing hearts. The takeaway questions that we took back to small groups were–

  1. When was the last time you were tempted to say that following God was not worth it?
  2. How do you seek to numb or disengage from your pain?
  3. What would it look like for you to orient yourself toward God in the midst of your pain?
  4. What will you do with your pain?

Family group debrief time was full of some good time continuing to unpack Dave’s sermon. Keep praying for the Lord to open our eyes to know the hope to which we have been called to through Jesus.

The night ended with our annual Night Swim Late Nite. The cardboard boxes hit the water and groups battled to keep their ships afloat. A group of 8th grade boys paddled their way to victory. Then we had our traditional belly flop competition, with Collen Covington taking home the title of Belly Flop champion for 2017.

Excited and prayerful as we head into tomorrow! Thank you for joining us in prayer.

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