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This summer, the Camp Eagle Family of Camps is embarking on a journey that will cause us to look at the shipwreck in our lives, our dire need for rescue, and how that rescue can change everything. As we enter into our 6th year (out of 7) of walking through the Bible, campers will be focusing on scripture from Acts-Philemon.
When we look at the early church, we can often identify with the struggles these early Christians faced. Acts and the epistles play a very pivotal role in our understanding of the resolution of the fall and how we are to live (as redeemed and reconciled people) as we await Christ’s coming back. These letters are rooted in Christ’s death and resurrection, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the concern over the salvation of God’s people. Our prayer is that this journey will lead campers through a week of understanding more about who they are, who Christ is, and what that means for their lives once they depart camp. Our prayer is that they would, indeed, live out the same mission the disciples had and that they would seek to truly change the world.
We will intentionally be sequencing the week to give campers opportunity to be introspective as they reflect on their own priorities, goals, agendas and how (after thoroughly presenting the reality of our humanity in relation to who Jesus is and what He has done) they may need to change things in order to live out of a Christ-centered purpose. We will challenge them toward action, toward growth, toward stepping out of their comfort zone and living out of the fullness of the Greatest story ever known. Leaving camp at the end of the week will not be the end of this journey-- it is just the beginning.
This summer will focus entirely on Jesus, the Bread of Life, the One who sustains, the One who gives eternal life!
In this age of instant gratification, the world is at our fingertips and everyone wants something. Everyone is hungry for something. We hunger for everything from relationships, money and possessions to power and purpose. But what truly sustains us is Jesus. He says "...eat of me and you will never go hungry again." This summer, as we kick off the New Testament section in our 7-part journey through the Bible, we want every camper to slow down, turn off distractions and feast on the true food and drink: Jesus! Campers will study the life of Christ from start to finish, encountering scripture every step of the way. We pray that as they discover more about who Jesus is, what He teaches us and what He will do, God will reveal His perfect love and plan for each camper in a way that drastically changes them. We have faith that Jesus satisfies, bringing refreshment and new life that can only be found in Him!
Our hope for the summer is to allow student's to see the necessity of Christ in all areas of their life. Our hope is that students would be restored, awakened and made aware of how good the Lord is and how He longs for our hearts to be willing and obedient.
Each day, students will encounter various experiences that headline certain stories and passages in this back half of the of Old Testament that also connect to them personally. Each day, students will see how all of these stories are indicative of the coming of Christ, the only one who could end this tedious pattern of sin, despair and hopelessness. They will be asked to consider how this might also be true in their own lives.
This summer, students will hear the hope of the Gospel.This summer, students will hear the Good News.This summer, our prayer is that the world will know that Jesus Christ is Lord. We're already praying that as students return home each week, they can't help but share what the Lord has done.
It's a summer of personal declaration and restoration.A summer of life-change.A summer of letting the truth of the Gospel sink in and demand that we leave different than before.
This summer we will enter into our third year (out of seven) of walking through the Bible. What lies ahead of us is a lot of history...which means a lot of names and a lot of events we can't possibly cover in a 7-day time span. We get that.
Our desire, however, is to move students through Scripture in a way that continually points back to Jesus. This particular summer, you will see themes of death and life woven throughout the books, the stories, the people and how our own lives can relate to that. Especially as we consider our life without Christ and our life with Christ.
We will ask students to examine their own hearts. We will ask them to consider giving up things. We will ask them evaluate if they are dead or alive. We will discuss a life of obedience and the importance of it and we will contrast it to the satisfaction that is or isn't found in disobedience.
We will study.We will share.We will ask for openness and vulnerability as we, yet again, see how the text relates to us personally. We will seek to understand the Word in context and we will push students to look for connections of how it always ties back into the bigger story of Jesus Christ and our need for redemption.
We're praying, as always, that this summer would bring true life to all. That we would be revived as we remember the God who is faithful in bringing His children back to Himself.
The truth is that we are wanted, no matter where we are at or what we have done, despite our brokenness or our seeming wholeness. We're excited to reveal that truth to you as we dig through Judges all the way through Song of Solomon, too.
Come. Join us. Let the Gospel change your group's life.
As we embark on our second year (out of seven) of walking through the Bible, we find ourselves examining Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua for Summer 2014.Boring, you say?Hardly.In the midst of repetitive laws and stories about Moses, we find ourselves enraptured in a story that continually points directly toward Christ, which simultaneously points to us. It's a legendary tale that reminds us of how we've been rescued, what sacrifices have been made for us, what our condition actually is, the heart behind it all, and the call to action we've all been given.
This summer we will dive into one of the five books each day, uncovering just how these Old Testament books can speak directly to our hearts as they parallel the story of Jesus.
Be prepared to encounter the following:
On this day, we will explore the saga of the Israelites detailed in Exodus as they are rescued from a life of oppression and slavery. By no feat of their own faith or strength or gifts or talents, this people is saved through miracles as God calls His own to Him. The people walk forward, and their rescue is not determined by the quality of their faith but, rather, by the object of their faith.
Through laws and sacrifice of Leviticus, we will discuss the need for atonement for our sins. This day directly speaks why Christ is necessary, why the shedding of blood was required, so that we might live freely.
Despite the continued failings and faithlessness of the Israelites, Numbers unveils God's faithfulness. It's the condition that parallels our own lives as we strive and fail and God continually takes us back over and over again.This day is about recognizing our depravity, our shortcomings, our sins, and allowing the Lord to be constant in His faithfulness when we fall short.
With the call to love God and obey His commands, Deuteronomy reminds of us of the importance of discipline and diligence as we move into further intimacy with Him. We will examine what His commands are and what it means to truly love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
As Joshua trudges into battle with the call to be strong and courageous, we'll dive deeper into the promises of God as He reestablishes the covenant with His people. While we, similarly, are not quite in the promiseland yet, we are asked to fight, to trust, to believe in God's goodness despite our current circumstances. It's a call to action as we learn what it means to be a Christian in this day and age, fighting upstream to maintain a life of integrity and holiness because we hold an eternal perspective, recognizing that this world is not our final destination.