Who affects camp more: the program directors or the speaker? Who determines the effectiveness of camp: the program or the speaker? How many of you know that is nonsense? When we go to camp we tend to think that it's one of those two, but we know that there are a lot of people that determine the effectiveness of camp. You and I have the chance to form an atmosphere with the work crew, summer staff, within our assignment team -- we can create an atmosphere where Christ is lifted up.
How do we see Christ? In individual people. In us. We can't blame it on the speaker any more, the program director. It's us. The way we dress, the way we walk, the way we serve people, in everything we do, is there an attitude of kindness and love? Turn to 2 Corinthians 2. You can't read this without it being a favorite passage. Verse 14 says, "Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are the aroma of Christ." Can you picture that at camp? Would that not make an impact? The atmosphere then allows us to go as fast as we want to go. Then in Chapter 3, verse 2: "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody." People are reading us as we walk around camp. The writing is Christ. As soon as they get off the bus, kids are going to read Christ in everything we do and say. It starts right here in this room. Here's the second way they see Christ: "When two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." If we only have one person as a model, not everyone can be like that person. So we have many of us, and that is a wonderful image of Christ. Kids see many different folks in Christ and say, you know, I can be a part of him, and a part of her, and be myself. That is a communication that we have at camp through our whole assignment team. Isn't that powerful? At camp, we reflect the body of Christ and the way that the body of Christ moves together. The speaker is saying words, but all week long, the camp staff is bringing it home in powerful ways. Look at 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1. Who wrote Thessalonians? Okay, let's see. Every verse it says, "WE." Isn't that powerful? What would it be like if it was "we" at camp? Wouldn't it be terrific if we said "we" instead of the speaker or program? Look at Chapter 2. I want you to feel Paul's heart. Do you want to know his concern. See verse 19: "For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory..Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy." Then, "When we could stand it no longer.. we sent Timothy..." Do you feel the love of the fellowship there? That's our camp team! That's why you and I have to work so hard between now and our assignment team to work as this kind of body.
Here's the third way that Christ is seen at camp. He is seen in the work of Christ. Do we see humility during that month? Servanthood is a WORK of Christ. It is caring that people know Christ. When those kids get off that bus, is there a perfume, a letter, that doesn't have to be spoken? But then when the speaker says it that night, a kids says, "I know that, I feel that," because they have been feeling that passion all day from the rest of the team. Then at the end of the week we ask them to give their lives to Christ, they say, "Great. How do I do it?"
How many ways are there for the verbal proclamation at camp? The speaker, role play, work crew presentation, work crew testimonies, leaders, cabin time, seminars, say-so, Christian kids. Is it just that one person up there? No way! The communication of Christ verbally goes on all the time from everywhere. The presentation of the Gospel is going on all the time. This is the picture of Christ. Then it makes it ridiculous to blame any one person. That whole camp is drawing people to Christ. Hebrews 12: 1-2 tells us to run the race marked out for us with perseverance. That race for me is that if I'm not close enough to Christ, I crush my family everyday. If I was closer to Christ, I could be a blessing to them. Can't we be that for each other? So that kids smell it, feel it, watch it, and hear it? Some day, that will be our joy, and the crown in which we will glory.
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