Each day, we will post the scripture and maybe part of the lessons for each camp, so parents, church members, and anyone else can follow along with what campers are learning. We encourage you to take some time out of your day to be still, look through the scripture and talking points, and pray. We hope this will be a spiritual time in your day, and it will help you connect with campers when they return from camp.
I am a Prince/Princess and my Father is the King of kings.
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1
“But the LORD is the true God; be is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jeremiah 10:10
“The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19
“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king for ever.” Psalm 29:10
“God is educating you, that’s why you must never drop out, He is treating you as dear children”
Hebrew 12:7 (message)
We are truly God’s beloved and precious daughters and sons, adopted as His own, children of the King of the universe, and therefore of royal heritage! ~ Princesses and princes in the purest sense of the word! In fact, in this light the royalty of this world is really “the imitation.”
Elementary, Treehouse, and Camp Teen Hope are all using the same verse:
You Are God’s Soil
Mark 4: 1-9, 13-20:
4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
Elementary Activity 1—Being God’s Soil
Everyone is going to go a soil walk. First, find some hard soil, soil where a seed wouldn’t be able to sink into the dirt. Stop there and talk about times when you wanted to do the right thing but didn’t. Next, find some rocky soil. Stop there and talk about times that you knew what the right thing to do was but didn’t. Next, find some thorns or weedy bushes. Talk there about times when others around you tempted you to do the things you knew you weren’t supposed to do. Last, find some good soil. Talk about ways that you can pay attention to what God is doing around you. Talk about ways that you can be the kind of soil in which God’s word can take root and grow.