The theme for Falls Creek 2018 is FINISH. Our theme verse is Phil. 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.” As God began a work in us through salvation, He is also sanctifying us day by day. Our commitment is to faithfully engage with Him along the way through the practice of spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship, ministry and generosity.
Students will get a chance to learn how God is at work in their lives, and how they can mature as believers by engaging in these spiritual disciplines. Heb. 5:13 says, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Our goal this summer is to help students desire maturity and actively organize their lives to become all that God desires them to be.
We will unpack this theme at camp with the following daily teaching points:
This day will help students get their minds right for the mission of faith. We are not who we will eventually become, so we must fix our attention on the One who is working to complete us. Isa. 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” When our focus is on Jesus, we are attentive to His leadership and are at peace with His directives.
Christians need to put in the technique, discipline and effort, as Paul put it to, “live up to what we have already attained.” (Phil. 3:16) As in most sports, trades or crafts, bad form in living out our faith leads to a less than desirable outcome for ourselves and for others. The proper attentiveness to “how” we do things and “why” we do them can help us avoid giving unnecessary offense and potentially lead others to be more receptive to the Gospel.
The Christian life holds no guarantee of ease. There will be points where we must push through. Students will be challenged to live disciplined, undeterred lives of consistent faith. It was Jesus who said, “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (Matt. 24:13).
Ultimately our goal is to fight the good fight and finish well in our walk with Jesus. The goal is not to just make it through middle school or high school as a faithful Christian, but to stay the course for a lifetime. We learn to do this through His power, which mightily works within those who abide in Him.
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