Encounter Day 5

Welcome to my Day Five post in the Encounter 2012 series. To start back at the beginning, click here.

The special part of Wednesday was …


All upcoming and graduated seniors are invited to play in the paint war at Encounter each year. Basically there are four teams and you play dodge ball with small water absorbent balls soaked in watered down paint. It is a ton of fun and super messy! I loved it! (I know what you thinking, I’m not sick, it really was fun!)

Now time for my class notes:

All that Glitters

I walked into this class and immediately noticed four podiums lined up the side wall. Behind them, was a huge black billboard with the class title. We were divided into teams and four individuals were selected to represent each team. I was chosen to compete for mine. We were lined up behind the podiums and instructed to hit our buzzer when we knew the answer to the question. It was cool because the podiums had lights in the front that lit up when we hit our buzzer. We were quizzed with a variety of questions regarding scripture and pop culture. I won! 🙂

Matthew 5: 47-48

“And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect.”

Luke 16:15

“He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.’ “

Romans 12:1-2

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

They showed us examples of materialistic items, celebrities, and movie characters and discussed their representation in life and the scriptural views of how we should live. It was a good class because it talked about balance and not that we should cut everything out.

@discipleship #following Jesus

leadership = stress and self-promotion if we are not careful

In the culture that we live in, society labels each of us as either a leader or a follower. (I personally fall into the leader category more often than not).

Jesus seeks disciples (dedicated followers)

Matthew 4:18-20

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

We have the same promise today. God will make you into what He made you to be.

Jesus was always moving so we should do the same. 

“Good Enough” = LIES from Satan!!!!!

We weren’t designed to stand still spiritually! Good enough is the enemy of great

John 10:3-4, 14

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listens to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-“

Don’t forget who led you to where you are! 

Mark 9:28-29

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”

You forgot who does the miracles. It is about following, not leading! 

Sometimes we say “I’M going to do it. Then we take all of the credit that isn’t rightfully ours.”

When you feel hopeless, give up and go to the Shepherd.

You leave things incomplete when you don’t give God everything we have! 

Hebrews 10:14

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

#following Jesus = header of life

What’s your next step? = sacrifice, confess, accountability, commitment, outreach


Spit it Out!

This was one of my absolute favorite classes from this week at camp. It focused on confession and incorporated an activity and a heart felt example that carries you to the cross and provides comfort and hope.

The teacher started with the story of David and Bathsheeba. This can be found in 2 Samuel 11. There were a couple activities at the beginning of this class. To give you an idea of how serious they were, I must provide an example. 

It was quite amusing to say the least. One of the activities was having someone come up and lead their favorite youth group song. That activity led to us being instructed to stand in a large circle with our arms around one another. David turned off the lights and we swayed back and forth while music played. Then a recording stared to play. It was familiar to us because David had allowed us to record our voices for this class but it was powerful none the less. At the end of the recording a curtain was dropped and there was a chair with a spotlight sitting in the corner that was previously hidden. The walls were plastered with images of secrets, quotes, and confessions. David spoke about confession and it’s importance. He wanted to provide us with an example so he sat in the chair and gave us a sincere and honest example. The plan was for us to each have the chance to go speak but time ran out so only two people in the group got to go. At the end of the class he asked our group to stay and he encouraged us to seek accountability and confession time with our peers within the group. I felt like this was something that I hadn’t heard before. People don’t just confess in front of our church on a regular basis. In fact, I can only think of one time when it was done at all and the person wasn’t even there. It opened my eyes to the support and encouragement that we as Christians should provide one another as we lift our brothers and sisters up to Christ. I definitely want to go further into this topic of study because I feel like it isn’t a very common one for my generation. 


His Image Bearer: Chris Hayes

Psalm 19: 1-6

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.”

Genesis 1:1-29

He showed a video of God’s creation that was a little long and I kinda tuned it out to be perfectly honest. But it was very typical, I can tell you that. You know the ones, nature, peaceful music, etc.

God wants you so bad that he gave you a soul that would go on for eternity. How is it possible for us to be image bearers?


1 Corinthians 1: 19-23

For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demanded signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,”

His cost was huge, but it was worth it. Why should we fall victim to the world when God’s already told us who we are?

Live according to WHOSE you are NOT who you WANT to be…

Please note that all scriptures were taken from the 1984 version of the NIV Holy Bible by Zondervan Publishers.


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