Hey Campers, what an amazing week I had with you. Thank you for coming to Life For Youth Camp and accepting my challenge to grow in Christ!
Here are my notes from the week I was at Life For Youth Camp. My theme was Open Your Eyes.
If you’re not a camper, enjoy the verses and video ideas. Curriculum for this week will be coming soon. If I can be a blessing to your camp visit my speaker page
Monday Night: Open Your Eyes To Jesus
Soup Questions: Why did you come to camp? What was your favorites stuffed animal as a kid? What kind of sports do you play?
Jesus did the same.
Jesus came to open our eyes to who God is. He took off his glory to be real with us and to walk with us.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Jesus took off his glory and anything that was going to stand in the way of having the conversation about who God is.
Jesus did this again in his last meeting with his disciples
Jesus knew that the Father had delivered all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was returning to God. 4So He got up from the supper, laid aside His outer garments, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 5After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel that was around Him.…
Jesus took off his outer garment and put on the garment of a servant. Any disciple could have taken on the role of servant but Jesus did it.
We have to open our eyes to why Jesus came. He came to suffer, to die and to live again.
Jesus left heaven, where He was King to be mocked as a king on earth.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns, set it on His head, and dressed Him in a purple robe. And they went up to Him again and again, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and slapping Him in the face.
Pilate also had a notice posted on the cross. It read:
JESUS OF NAZARETH,
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20Many of the Jews read this sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but only that He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’”
Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
Like Jesus, we must take off the old and put on the new
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Ephesians 4:22-24 English Standard Version (ESV)
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness
Good leadership is vulnerable
Jesus emptied himself so we could be full. Jesus could have had a legion of angels at his side in a snap, be he didn’t. He stripped himself of wrath and of judgment and of condemnation.
Jesus was saying to the blind man, “do you trust me?”
2 Corinthians 4:18
as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:6
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.
When you came in tonight, you came in blindfolded. You came from your cabin to the chapel, trusting the person in front of you, and ultimately your leader who was not blindfolded to get you to your destination safely.
That is an earthly way of saying, trust Jesus to get you from earth to heaven If you’ll trust Jesus for your eternity, why not trust Him every day of your life?
Tuesday Night: Open Your Eyes To Who You Are