Monday, July 11, 2011

Scriptural Basis for Elementary Camp Teaching

Our teaching at 3rd & 4th grade camp a few weekends ago (June 24-26) centered around the theme "Are You 4 Real?" The concept of real relationships with God and with others was fleshed out through the four main sessions - Real Faith, Real Family, Real Friends, and Real Life. You can check out an overview of each session here.

We have had interest in the scriptural basis for the teaching, so below is an overview of each session. Let us know if you have questions, or would like further clarification.

Theme Verse: Colossians 3:3 "For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God."

Session 1: Real Faith
Big Idea - The reason life is hard and frustrating sometimes is because God wants us to need Him and trust Him.
Scripture - Colossians 3:3; Proverbs 3:5-6; John 10:10
Gospel Story - Luke 19:1-10 (story of Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus)

Session 2: Real Family
Big Idea - God placed you in your family on purpose, because He loves you and wants what is best for you.
Scripture - Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:18-23; Acts 17:26
Gospel Story - Luke 2:40-52 (story of Jesus' encounter with His parents)

Session 3: Real Friends
Big Idea - Real friendship doesn't depend on others, it depends on you.
Scripture - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12; Philippians 2:2-5
Gospel Story - Marks 2:1-12 (story of Jesus' encounter with a broken man and his four friends)

Session 4: Real Life
Big Idea - Real life can never be lived in your own strength.
Scripture - Colossians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Gospel Story - Matthew 19:16-26 (story of Jesus' encounter with the rich young man)

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