Youth Camp 2016: Quality
- An essential or distinctive characteristic or attribute
- A character trait
- A high level of value or excellence
What does “quality faith” look like? What sets apart the real deal from the pretenders?
Paul describes this in 1 Thessalonians 1, and we’ll be spending some time in his letter at this year’s Youth Camp.
Youth Camp will be July 26-29 (Tues-Fri) at Camp Living Waters. Youth Camp is for students in grades 7 through 12 (those entering 7th grade through graduated seniors) and costs $185.
During the summer, our Small Group Ministry take a break. But we like to use this time to focus on two things: 1) normalizing personal Bible reading, and 2) normalizing Christians getting together to discuss God’s Word.
Sometimes we think of “discipleship” as something that takes place when we evangelize lost people, or the work that’s performed by professionals through ministry programs. But every disciple is called to the process of discipleship, and every disciple is called to be a disciple-maker. Put simply: Christians follow Jesus, and they help others follow him as well.
Promoting these practices is the goal of our Summer Bible Jam.
THIS YEAR’S BIBLE JAM: GOD’S BIG PICTURE
What do Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Nehemiah, Barnabas, and Peter all have in common? …Well, a number of things, but one thing we may have overlooked—we wouldn’t have known any of them unless their lives had been swept up into God’s great story!
What makes them “famous” is also the same thing that makes our lives filled with purpose …God has also swept our lives up into His great story!! …That’s what the Summer Bible Jam 2016 is all about—coming to better understand God’s Great Story!!
Each summer we take time to turn our attention back to the basics of Bible reading. Well this summer we are dedicating our back to the basics study to a study of the Bible’s One Great Story!—sometimes called “biblical theology”. It basically means that we first try to make sure we understand the Big Picture before we try to understand the smaller parts. That’s a helpful practice whether we are trying to understand the things in the Bible or the things in our lives. We desperately need to understand the Big Story first!!
Beginning on Sunday, May 22nd and proceeding through the summer, we will begin a study of God’s great story from Genesis to Revelation. We will be using the book, God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts as a travel companion through the summer and we’ll also have some weekly bible readings that are designed to help you understand the different books of the Bible and how they further this One Story!
What you need to do to jump into Summer Bible Jam 2016:
- Commit to spend about 15-20 minutes each day to reading the assignment
- Get a copy of God’s Big Picture (some are available in our bookstore or you can order them through Amazon or Kindle)
- Form a group of 2-4 people who will find time to meet every week or two for discussion and application (these can be people you hang with or would just like to get to know better or that you connect with electronically on the other side of the world!)
- Register to let us know you’re doing the Bible Jam! (Each member of the group needs to register) – See below
- Pray and ask God to help you better understand His Great Story …so that you can better understand your own personal story!
Here are the resources you’ll need each week for the Summer Bible Jam:
God’s Big Picture by Vaughn Roberts
Weekly Bible Reading Plan
Reading Helps & Discussion Guide
If you’d like to do more comprehensive reading through the Bible this summer, check out this 90 Day Tour Through the Bible Plan.
Click the links bellow for the accompanying resources for each week:
- May 22
- May 29
When Paul describes how the church is to grow, he presents a vision that involves every believer’s contribution:
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Discipleship groups are designed to put this into practice. They’re simply settings for gathering with other believers in order to speak the truth in love to one another, that the body might grow. You set the meeting time and place, how frequently your group gets together, whatever works best for you. But the goal is spending time sharing life and talking about what matters most.
Who could get together?
- Fathers & Sons
- Mothers & Daughters
- Men with Men
- Women with Women
- College Students
- Teenagers with Teenagers
- Friends you haven’t connected with recently
- Leaders with fellow leaders
Islam cannot be ignored.
With the rise of ISIS and the global terrorism of the past decades, the subject of Islam has remained in the headlines. The media often discuss questions of whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God, and whether groups like ISIS truly represent Islam.
Closer to home, there are increasing opportunities to interact with Muslim neighbors and co-workers.
- Do you know enough about Islam in order to engage them meaningfully?
- What do Muslims believe, and how does that differ from Christianity?
- What does it look like to communicate the Gospel to Muslims today?
Join us for our upcoming School of the Word class Interacting with Islam as we consider the teaching of the Quran, the religious practices of Muslims, and the significance of Jihad.
The class will begin on May 15 at 8:45a. The week before (May 8 at 8:45a) we’ll spend some time praying for things like the persecuted church, global missions, reaching Muslims with the Gospel, and wisdom for our governing authorities as they consider public policy on matters like Islamic terrorism and the refugee crisis.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”
Our Vacation Bible School will be June 13-17. The theme is “Taste and See.” It will be a sweet time as we discover who God is through song, craft, teaching, and drama. Kids will learn the attributes of God and experience what the Lord has done for us. Vacation Bible School is for children ages 4-11.
Interested in learning more about the vision, beliefs, and ministries of Lakeview Christian Center? Desiring to become a member among us? Join us for our next New Member’s Class!
The class will begin on May 8 at 8:45 am and will last for 6 weeks. The class will be taught by each member of the pastoral staff, and it will be a great opportunity to get to know the leadership at Lakeview as well as other new attenders.
Have you come to believe the gospel and have not yet been baptized? For those desiring to be baptized, we will have a two-part class on June 19 and 26, at 8:45a. The Baptism Celebration will be on July 10. If you’d like to participate, sign up at the Welcome Center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.