Monday, July 23, 2012

Lesson From Kid's Camp

Last week we took 89 people to Look Up Lodge for our children’s camp. We got to do some really fun things, like zip lines, bungee swings, kayaking, paddle boats, water slides, and many other things. I believe that everyone that went had an amazing time.

But because we bring such a large group we get divided up into two smaller groups for some of the activities. We still do most things together, but we get separated for things like group Bible activities and dismissal from chapel. This year our group names were Ice and Aloha, and each group member wears a team bracelet all week.

Instead of being called Philippi, we were called either Ice or Aloha, which is obviously a rare experience for us. But on the last night we all got to come together to do our final activity where we paint the kids’ faces and say something encouraging to them. I took that opportunity to remind everybody that, whether they were Ice or Aloha for the week, we were all still Philippi. But we were privileged to have a few kids from sister churches join us for the week, but the thing that is most important is not what church you attend, but that you are living for Christ.

Galatians 3:28 puts it this way: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female [nor ICE or ALOHA]: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

And Ephesians 4:3-6 adds this: “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

If you have given your life to Christ and are living for Him, then God is in you, and you are my brother or sister in Jesus, and that is what is most important. I will not compete with any church over numbers, influence, or popularity; instead, let’s join hands and win the lost for the Lord.

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