I’ve been approached by many students who are either going to college or are already at college about staying faithful to the church while away. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by their question because it shows that they’re heart is in the right place and hopefully they want to remain consistent in their understanding of the Gospel and church membership.
But practically, this is what I would say to you college students who are members of a church back at home:
- Dcamp: Glow
- Impact: Thrive
Vision & Direction: As the camp board was praying through camp 2014 our hearts were burdened for our students in many ways. Ultimately we are begging the Lord to be gracious and converting the hearts of the students with the Gospel. Our prayers then turned to where our students were at this year and we realized that many of them have lost their sense of joy in their relationship with Christ. It has faded into a dull, passionless halt that have led many of them to run and chase after meaningless false gods. We want our students to see that Jesus is the source of all joy – better than games, relationships, and success. We want them to find unexplainable joy in knowing Christ and following him. This is our prayer for our students…not just for camp, but for their entire Christian journey. Join us in this ministry.
DCamp Theme Verse: 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Joh 8:12 ESV)
Camp Impact Passage: 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1Pe 1:8-9 ESV)
You take what is broken
You redeem those unclean
You heal the hurt and the pain
This is me…all of me
I thought I had strength
Fooled into trusting in me
My pride has blinded my entire being
But I need you to help me see
My darkness has been my light
And I love the warmth of my sin
But it only betrays me
Heal me Jesus from within
You are better right?
The Bible did tell me so
Why can’t I feel you anymore?
What’s wrong with my soul?
I trust you. I trust you
You’ve proven to me time and time again
You’ve saved and changed me
I trust you. I trust you.
I. Your Commitment: Now you have a better feel for who we are, where we want to go, and the effort it will take to get there. Now we ask that if you’re willing…to come and play with us. We ask that you commit to at least a year because we know that change doesn’t occur overnight. We’re asking that you take a proactive approach to your faith and instead of waiting for someone to ask you to do something, you take initiative. We beg you to finally kill your pride and stop thinking that this faith, youth program, and church was designed for YOU. Would you truly sacrifice it all for the sake of Jesus’ name and for your own joy?
Lastly, it is imperative that this leadership position is NOT motivated by guilt, pride, or entitlement. If you do not have a specific heart for youth ministry, unwilling to commit to CBC, or reluctant to submit to our authority, please do NOT commit to this leadership.
We also ask that you evaluate your schedule and see where your priorities are and really decide whether or not you can fully commit to this youth ministry. If you have any questions about anything we’ve said and would like us to clarify, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CBC Family: Don’t know if you knew or felt the weight of what happened this past Sunday, but we had several of our friends in our community get baptized. I know it’s one of those things that “just happens” every year but I wanna lay down some foundation and also some expectation for us as we move forward.
1. Testimony: Its crazy to think that these people who were baptized on Sunday were willing to confess to hundreds of strangers their sins, inadequacies, and vulnerabilities. They got into the water and professed that they needed someone to save them from their sins and to something much bigger than themselves. Christians, this should constantly remind you of your own testimony (how Christ grabbed you from your former life). This ought to bring you back to hope and embolden your passion to see others saved as well. Non-Christians, this should get you to think and really examine all of this. Is this just a hoax where people again are duped into some futile religion? Or perhaps this might simply confront your own soul.
2. Membership: When they decided to take their faith public, they also consciously decided to join the local body of CBC. They all knew prior to baptism what CBC had to offer. They knew (maybe not fully) the strengths and weaknesses, potential, historical struggles, and lineage of this church on 900 Brogden. For the most part, they understood that membership is not cheap, nor is it easy…there are requirements, accountability, and participation. Yet they still decided to commit their lives to growing with, serving, loving, and correcting the local body at CBC. Members of CBC, your role is to take your membership seriously as well and come alongside these new members and coach them towards growth. Show them the areas in which they can grow in this church and serve alongside of them.
As we continue to baptize more people, our hopes and dreams are still tied to the Gospel. At the end of the day, may our foundation still be the Gospel as it progresses into the universal church and practically take its form in the local church. Let us, as a body, encourage these new members toward holiness and growth.