Spiritual Themes and Topics

Each week we will cover a different spiritual theme.  The small group format provides for lots of fun interactions, and we encourage the campers to discuss and ask questions.  We will provide a Bible for each camper to use at the camp as needed.

Weekly Topics

Week 1 – June 17-21 – The Good News

The good news (or gospel) of Jesus consists of the core Christian beliefs relative to salvation.  One way of looking at it is using the “Four Spiritual Laws”:

  1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
  2. People are sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
  3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin, and through Him we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
  4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord in order to know and experience His love and plan for our lives.

Week 2 –  June 24-28 – The Bible

The Bible is an amazing book, written through about 40 different people, over thousands of years, with one unified message that demonstrates knowledge and power outside our normal space and time.  We will be looking at what makes it such a great book, and how we can use it in our lives.

Week 3 – July 1-July 3 (no camp July 4&5) – Knowing God:  The Names and Attributes of God

God has used many different names for Himself.  These names reveal wonderful things about Him and what He wants and what He does.  Some of the names of God include:

  • YHWH-Yireh — “The Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:13-14)
  • YHWH-Rapha — “The Lord that healeth” (Exodus 15:26)
  • YHWH-Niss”i — “The Lord our Banner” (Exodus 17:8-15)
  • YHWH-Shalom — “The Lord our Peace” (Judges 6:24)
  • YHWH-Ra-ah — “The Lord my Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1)
  • YHWH-Tsidkenu — “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6)
  • YHWH-Shammah — “The Lord is present” (Ezekiel 48:35)

Week 4 – July 8-12 – Prayer

It is wonderful to have a God who listens when we pray.  There are many different types of prayer, but all have a place and a purpose.  We will be looking at various types, and understand more about them.

Week 5 – July 15-19 – Worship

Together we will explore questions such as:

  • Why should we worship?
  • What are ways to worship?
  • When and where should we worship?

Week 6 – July 22-26 – Spiritual Armor

We will dive into Ephesians 6:10-18, a passage which describes the full armor of God.  This armor symbolizes how God protects us as we go through life.

Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

(No Camp Week of Green Oak Ranch, July 29 – August 2)

Week 7 – Aug 5-9 – Creationism

We will be looking at the initial chapters of Genesis, and how origin views shape our faith.  We will be covering various viewpoints.  This is deliberately designed to be the same week as when we look at Geology and Paleontology in the science topic.

Week 8 – Aug 12-16 – Understanding Love

We will be discussing true love, in particular from the perspective of 1 Corinthians 13.  Some of the particular verses are:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.