Camp Hope News
The launch sequence is a go. The countdown has begun.
Calling all model rocketeers. The countdown has begun till the 2017 Father/Son Retreat lifts off for a weekend of model rocket building along with hiking at Raven Cliff trails.
It is 12 days until you can begin building your model rockets. Let’s see who can launch their rocket the highest but …. who can also find their rocket after it has been launched.
We are looking forward to a great weekend with this year’s activities and ministry from the Word by Rod Sharp with the title “Two Lads & a Dad”.
There is still room. Invite your friends and relatives.
We will see you on launch day.
Mark your calendars for Camp Hope’s Open House Nov. 19, 2016. The Open House will be from 10 am – 3 pm with lunch being served at no charge from 11 am – 1 pm. Activities will include face painting, archery, bb gun, zip line, canoeing cotton candy and puppet presentations by Nate Thomas.
I have been challenged recently with my role as a believer in terms of what is important to my Heavenly Father and what brings great joy to His heart. There are biblical commands that I am responsible to be obedient to, but there is also much blessing when I recognize the incredible position I have brought into by the blood of Christ. There is much teaching regarding our spiritual gifts in terms of where we fit into the local Church and how we are to function outside of the local fellowship where we gather. I confess I have been content over the years to stay within the four walls of the fellowship and not venture too far beyond this safe haven. Why?…I ask myself! Is it good enough to just do the “church worship thing” so I can move on with the rest of the week? After all, worshiping my God and Savior is important, isn’t it? I hope it isn’t a lack of love and appreciation for the One who has redeemed me to Himself. Or maybe I just do not care enough for those who might be heading into a Christ-less eternity. What if I am copping out with the excuse, “Well, it just isn’t my spiritual gift!” Let’s take a look at this for a moment.
Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (evangelism) is a command to ALL believers! Do I believe this or does it fall into the “spiritual gifts” argument where only those gifted have this responsibility. There are many spiritual gifts, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” Eph. 4:11. If I stop here with this scripture, I can very easily write off my responsibilities as falling in the “it’s not my spiritual gift” category. But there is more! Paul would instruct Timothy to “…be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5. “Work”, or ergo, is an action of effort, toiling or doing in contrast to logos, which is in word only. James instructs me to be a “doer” of the Word, not merely a “hearer” of the Word. So I am to be sharing the good news of Jesus Christ whether I feel capable or not. My fears, whether it is the fact that I am reserved and soft spoken, or afraid of not having the correct answer, or being singled out as being different or not “one of the crowd” are no excuses. It is my role as being left here on earth! If worship was my only purpose, why would I be left here when I could worship much better in heaven itself.
One final realization which is quite amazing is presented by Christ himself, “I tell you…, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7. I can be a player in this heavenly joy! AM I WILLING?
When I was asked to write an article for the Camp Hope Newsletter I was told that it should be no more than 500 words long. That may seem like a lot but that first sentence was 26 words long and at the end of this one we are up to 52.
So I thought in the search of brevity, what would the apostle Paul do? Sure he was famous for some of the longest sentences and legal arguments in the New Testament; some that spanned multiple verses in the Bible. But along the way Paul gave a short ten-word response to a seven-word question raised by a Philippian jailor. The question that was asked was, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” To this Paul and Silas answered “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
The same simple answer that was given back in the days of Paul and Silas is the same simple answer that we should give today. We never read in the Bible an account of someone ‘repeating a prayer after me’ or even ‘asking Jesus into your heart.’ I know that some people reading this will be shocked at what I said but the Bible is full of verses and examples that make it clear that only believing faith in Jesus Christ will save us.
In the answer given by Paul and Silas we see the important requirements of salvation. First, what do I need to do? Believe. This is not an acknowledgement of some historical event or character. From all of the historic documents available and personal knowledge I believe that Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States but believing in Richard Nixon will not get me to heaven. To believe is to put your faith and trust solely into the hands of another, having faith that they are who they say that they are and trust your life to them.
That is why it is so important that the second part of Paul’s answer was, “who do I need?” Believe in the Lord Jesus. Salvation comes only by one man, Jesus Christ. We are told that no one can come to the Father but through Him. He is the only Son of God, the only Messiah and the only one who pleased a Holy God by bearing all our sins at Calvary. Jesus Christ is the only one qualified to be our Savior and as a result the only one where our belief results in salvation. There is no other name under Heaven by which you must be saved.
I have jumped the gun a little bit but the next part is, “what will happen?” The answer is simple you will be saved. The Philippian jailor went from being suicidal to having eternal life and all because he believed in the Lord Jesus. What a great message to share with people! Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. (500 on the nose)