ChristianGovernance eletter – May 7, 2012
WAY Camp – Training enthusiastic Christian leaders by building their confidence in Biblical religion
There is just over a month to go before the beginning of ChristianGovernance’s 2nd annual WAY Camp. We’re excited as we anticipate spending another week with motivated, teachable, enthusiastic future leaders who want to build depth to their Christian faith.
The theme of this year’s camp is the advancing kingdom of God in history. We have some great speakers who will be teaching about God’s work in this world from the beginning of history on into the future that God has planned for this world. We will be learning about the growth of the early church in Bible times. Much of that growth took place in the region of modern-day Turkey. The lecturer for that session is in Turkey right now leading a tour, so I am sure we will be treated to some fresh photographs to complement some excellent insight into that region in the days of the Apostles.
We will be learning about some of the phenomenal church growth that has been taking place in Asia in the midst of great persecution. The teacher of that session is recently back from a trip to the region with very fresh experience with that exciting part of God’s universal Church.
We will also be learning about how to deal with the serious challenges we face being faithful, advancing Christians in North America – in Canada – with the growing hostility we are experiencing to Christianity.
We will be learning more about our Christian faith by digging deeper into several aspects of God’s law. We will be learning how God’s law is the ony reasonable, just and gracious ethic for governing mankind. Many people around us mock God’s law, and condemn Christian ethics as uncivilized. But only God’s law can provide true justice to the oppressed and only God’s law can point us to Christ who fulfilled God’s law perfectly so that we might have eternal life and be liberated from our slavery to unkindness, selfishness, cruelty, slander and a guilty conscience.
We will also be learning about the nature of knowledge. How do we know what we know? That is an incredibly important question, especially in a day when atheists mock Christians for being irrational, and when most Christians undermine their faith because they don’t understand the relationship of faith and reason.
We will learn about the way God has revealed Himself to us, how He speaks to us. We will learn about the rationality or reasonableness of our faith. We will learn how Christianity was necessarily the foundation for serious scientific inquiry. We will see how atheism and humanism, today’s leading worldviews, are irrational and how they threaten sound science.
This teaching will strengthen our faith by giving us Biblical spiritual resources for speaking more confidently with people about God and the Christian faith.
We will also look at what God’s Word says about the future of the Kingdom of God. History will not end with us. We have to learn and be trained, not simply for the sake of our own contribution to God’s Kingdom, but also to enable us to teach the next generation. This is a huge, and amazing, venture that God has called us to share with Him. We need to have a clear vision for the future. So, along with teaching about the future of God’s Kingdom, we will be receiving important teaching on leadership and on life purpose planning.
What a great time for young men and women to be thinking about the purpose of their lives – before they’ve chosen a vocational stream in school, before they’ve found their life-time marriage partner.
What a great time to learn foundational truths about leadership and the responsibility of influence that God has called each of us to.exercise. By the age of 14, young people should already be thinking of themselves as adults, as young men and women, and they should be enthusiastic about taking on the responsibilities of adulthood.
We think that most youth are excited about taking on the responsibilities of adulthood, but they are stifled by the world’s conspiracy of low expectations. And they are not mentored by people who have confidence in their abilities to move into adulthood. But we have great expectations for these young men and women and their desire and capacity to learn about God and their faith in an intensive week of worldview, apologetics and leadership studies.
And there will be a lot of outdoor fun and games as well. We’re camping outdoors all week. We’ll be working together to cook up a storm for a couple of meals. There will be time for tennis, basketball, hiking and swimming as well as other activities. There’s a boat launch to the Ottawa River as well. We don’t have a boat, but if any of our campers are able to bring boats then, with the necessary supervision, we will have some fun boating as well.
Visit our website to learn more about this year’s WAY Camp. Download your registration form and get it into us ASAP with your payment to reserve your spot at the camp. Give us a call or email if you have any questions about the camp: email@example.com or 613-496-0091.