In October, nine youth and four adults traveled to Camp Tejas south of Giddings for our annual Fall Retreat. The theme of the retreat was BRAVE. We learned how God strengthens us to have courage in the face of fear. When we choose bravery, we humbly admit our need for Christ, confess our sin, boldly obey Jesus even when it seems risky, and tell others how Jesus offers salvation to everyone. There will be times when we’ll want to give in to fear. But Jesus calls us to be brave! Bible study sessions included:
• Do you have what it takes? The goal of this session was to help students understand the Good News that Jesus lived a perfect life, bore our sins and God’s wrath on the cross, died, and then rose again so those who put their faith in him can be right with God forever. Passages: Ephesians 2:1,4-5; Romans 10:9-10; Romans 1:16a
• Be honest. The goal of this session is to help students understand the value of bravely confessing our sin to the Lord and to other trusted believers. Passages: 1 John 1:8–10; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13–14
• Be all-in. The goal of this session is to help students see how God equips Christ-followers to bravely obey him even in a world that is against God and those who follow him. Passages: Galatians 1:10; Luke 10:27; James 1:25
• Be fearless. The goal of this session is to help students understand see God’s heart in expanding his Kingdom and that we have a part to bravely play in being a light to the nations. Passages: 1 Corinthians 15:58; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 41:10
In June, twelve youth and two adults traveled to Highland Lakes west of Austin to attend DWELL Camp (Colossians 3:16). The theme of the camp was Sola Scriptura. The camp included breakout sessions, bible study, evening worship and sermon, recreation, and lots of fun at the lake and pool. Most importantly, God met each student and adult at camp and changed our lives individually and as a group.