We’re switching the schedule up here on day 5 at bootcamp. Our study time will be from 8:45am-12:45pm, and we’ll do our discussion before lunch today (covering 1 Corinthians 3). After lunch, we’ll have an extended team time at which they’ll prepare for our camp activity. As much time as we spend studying the Word here at bootcamp, it’s important to remember that we are working with teenagers, and we need to have a little fun! The camp activity will consist of multiple games which will be timed and points awarded for completion and speed. At the end of the event, we’ll add up the points to find a winning team.
After the camp activity, we’ll have a cookout. Mark Holland and the Belaire catering crew keep us well-fed during the entire camp, but everyone looks forward to a simple grilled burger and hot dog…not to mention blizzards for dessert! After the cookout, we’ll split the students into a guys group and girls group tonight. My wife Ashley and Brooke Ritterbush will lead the girls group tonight through topics including (but not limited to) marriage, family life, sexuality, raising children, the Gospel, and more! In the guys’ session, we’ll have three times of sharing testimonials with the campers. I’ll be one of them, as well as David Miller (our “camp dad” at camp 2 and a Precept leader from Houston, Texas), and David Lawson (who along with his wife BJ are the former directors of Transform).
Last night, I walked the students through 1 Corinthians 2, focusing on the Holy Spirit. We discussed why Jesus said that it would actually be to our “advantage” that He was leaving the disciples in John 15-16. The advantage was in the sending of the Holy Spirit! Here are some of the advantages of possessing the Spirit we saw in the Scriptures last night:
- Great power (1 Cor. 2:1-5, Acts 1:6-9)
- Spiritual wisdom (1 Cor. 2:6-11)
- The mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:12-16, Phil. 2:1-8)
- Freedom from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1-4)
Then we focused on how to live in those things, namely setting our minds on the things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5-8). The basic idea was to feed the Spirit and starve the flesh and that we have a personal responsibility in seeing the Spirit strengthened within us.
A lot of hurt and pain is being uncovered in this group of campers. This is a good thing, an evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work, but it is not easy. Please pray that we would deal with these issues in love, compassion, wisdom, and truth.
- For the situations I mentioned above. Many of these campers need to understand the grace of God.
- Perseverance. The atmosphere here is good, but heavy. It is taking a toll on our staff.
- Guy/girl night. That it would be impactful for the campers, and that those sharing would be led completely by the Spirit of God.
Grateful for your prayers,