Let’s Grow Together

The Vision Statement of Summer’s Best Two Weeks is:

That all who come would grow an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and be committed to living transformed lives wherever they go.

As fun as it would to be to live at camp every week of the year, the reality is that all campers must go home eventually and build on the experiences they have had.  The good news is that for those who have a personal relationship with Christ, God promised us His Spirit to help us.  God calls us to be active participants in that transformation too, and we want to help.  Here we have tried to give you some tools, tips and resources to help you in your walk with the Lord. Enjoy!

“8 Mile Marks” for Camper Endurance

There are many things that are a part of running the Christian race with endurance and persevering to the end.  Here are 8 items we hope will mark your Christian race as you seek to run after Christ daily at home, at school, on the sports field, and everywhere your running shoes take you.

Mile Mark #1 – Active in a Local Church

Christian worship, Biblical teaching, Christian community, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are all very important to maturing and enduring in one’s Christian walk. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Are you an active part of your Church and not just an attendee? Are you involved in the student ministry? Do you have a Bible study with your peers? Do you show up Sunday prepared to worship God? We want to exhort you to be active in a local Church. No Church is perfect, but it is a necessary part of running the Christian race.

Mile Mark #2 – Studying God’s Word With Others

During your time at SB2W you study the Bible with your counselors and cabin mates. Our Bible study progression goes through five years of encountering Jesus Christ. It begins with studying what Jesus did by studying His miracles. Then we study what the Old Testament has to say about Jesus. We also study what Jesus said about himself, such as I am the way, the truth, and the life. We study what others said about Him. Lastly we study what He taught by looking at His parables. All of these studies give you as a camper the chance to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and with fellow campers. You then are encouraged to apply what you’ve learned to both your time at camp and your life outside the camp gates. Studying God’s Word with others is an important part of growth. We hope you seek to study God’s Word with other Christians. This often means taking the initiative to start and lead a study yourself, with your peers.

Mile Mark #3 – Serving Others

It is very easy for much of Jr. High and High School life to be wrapped up around self, this is why it is important to serve. Serving others is a great way to fight self-absorption. You have been blessed in order that you might be a blessing to others. There are so many ways that you as a young person can serve be it in your church, your home, your school, or your community. How are you serving others on a weekly basis? You might also be thinking about serving outside your community by going on a missions trip with your Church or a reputable missions organization. See our links and resources section for more.

Mile Mark #4 – Speaking and Listening to God

We might also call this praying and reading Scripture. Your personal relationship with God is of the utmost importance. Oswald Chambers says, “Get rightly related to God first, maintain that as the great care of your life.” This is why time with God every day speaking with Him and listening to Him is so necessary. The Bible is a living book because it is God-breathed. When you read the Bible you are listening to God, when you pray you are communicating with the living, resurrected LORD JESUS! As a Christian, God’s Spirit is living and dwelling inside of you and also in the Scriptures you’re reading. No other book can make that claim, nor does it have the power to transform your life. In Matthew 6:6 Jesus says, “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” There are great benefits for those who diligently seek God in prayer.

Mile Mark #5 – Obeying God’s Word

Jesus asks in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” To call Jesus Lord is to recognize Him as our master. A servant obeys his master. Jesus says later on in Luke 11:28, “Blessed rather are those who heaer the word of God and keep it!” Pastor Adrian Rodgers says, “Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if either rail stops, your train stops. Learn to obey the Word of God.”

Mile Mark #6 – Reading About God

One of the great ways to grow in relationship with Christ is to read, not only the Bible, but also books about God. This can be devotional literature, such as My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers or books like Crazy Love by Francis Chan in which he describes the nature of God’s love for us. While these books should never replace our reading of Scripture they are excellent supplements to our growth. Often they help us better understand what the Bible might be saying in a certain passage. A healthy diet of good reading is so helpful to Christian growth. So often we too easily gravitate to mindless entertainment in our free time. The easiest path is rarely the best one. Take a fast from Facebook, TV, Twitter, and/or you’re IPod this week and challenge yourself to read a good book. Check out our suggested reading lists in the sidebar.

Mile Mark #7 – Fleeing Temptation / Seeking Wisdom

Teenage life is full of temptations. It is often a time of great turmoil, change, and confusion as one grows into adulthood. Unfortunately our culture has encouraged adolescent immaturity and immorality instead of adult maturity and responsibility. Navigating the waters of adolescent life can be very difficult and requires wisdom. Seek out relationships with those older than yourself who can help you make wise decisions. Good mentors are very valuable. Know people who can give you godly counsel, who are the type of people that consistently point you back to the Bible as the source for wise living. In 2 Timothy 2:22 Mentor Paul tells younger Timothy, “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” Run away from situations of temptation. The more you get in the habit of fleeing temptation the less likely you are to stumble in running the Christian race.

Mile Mark #8 – Competing as a Christian Athlete

We at SB2W believe that the competition field is a place for worship. As Christians we are called to glorify God in all that we do by worshiping with our best. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” We compete for an audience of One. The comp talks here at camp are designed to communicate to you as athletes, the essential truths of what it means to compete as a Christian athlete, worshiping God with the athletic talents and abilities God has given you. Remember as you complete outside the camp gates, at home and at school, that you are a witness for Jesus Christ. The Glory Goes to God! Check out the SB2W Competitor’s Creed and SB2W Comp Talk Topics in the Camper Endurance section.

Suggested Readings and Resources

Reading your Bible should be first and foremost!

Spiritual Growth

Novice
Uncommon – Tony Dungy
Forgotten God – Francis Chan
The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
Dangerous Wonder – Michael Yaconelli
Passion and Purity – Elisabeth Eliot
The Life You’ve Always Wanted – John Ortberg
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
Do Hard Things — Alex & Brett Harris

Intermediate
The Prodigal God – Tim Keller
Love Does – Bob Goff
Just Do Something – Kevin DeYoung
Not A Fan – Kyle Idleman
Strong Women, Soft Hearts – Paula Rinehart
Hard to Believe – John MacArthur
Lady in Waiting – Jackie Kendall
Surrender – Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
Strength To Love – Martin Luther King Jr.
Absolute Surrender – Andrew Murray
Abide in Christ – Andrew Murray
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 – W. Phillip Keller
Practicing the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
Radical – David Platt
The Cross Centered Life – CJ Mahaney
Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
The Master’s Indwelling – Andrew Murray
Wild at Heart – John Eldridge
The Jesus I Never Knew – Phillip Yancey
The Master Plan of Evangelism – Coleman
Everybody Always – Bob Goff
Explicit Gospel — Matt Chandler
The Logic of God — Ravi Zacharias
Speak Life — Brady Boyd

Difficult
Desiring God – John Piper
Knowing God – J.I. Packer
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
Spiritual Depression – Martin Lloyd-Jones
Celebration of Disciplines – Richard Foster
The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Basic Christianity – John Stott
What’s So Amazing About Grace – Phillip Yancey
The Weight of Glory – C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters — C.S. Lewis
The Normal Christian Life – Watchman Nee
The Reason for God – Tim Keller
God in the Dock — C.S. Lewis

Devotionals

The One Year Bible
The One Minute Bible For Students – John Kohlenberger, ed.

Children
The Picture Bible – David C. Cook
The Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones
Grace For The Moment – Max Lucado

Teen
Everything Counts – Steven Case
One Minute Bible For Students – Kohlenberger, ed.
Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Adult
The One Year Bible
Taste and See – John Piper
Devotional Classics – Richard Foster, ed.
My Utmost For His Highest – Oswald Chambers
Bread For The Journey – Henri Nouwen

Bible Studies

Beth Moore Bible Studies
Life Change Series Bible Studies
Jennifer Rothschild Bible Studies
God’s Word for You – The Good Book Company

Fiction

Novice
Chronicles of Narnia Series
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Chosen – Chaim Potok
The Story of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes
Where the Red Fern Grows – E.M. Forster
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
The Little House Collection – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Intermediate
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
The Mark of the Lion Series – Francine Rivers
The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
The Scarlet Pimpernel –Baroness Orczy
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
King Arthur and His Knights – Howard Pyle
The Lord of the Ring Series – J.R.R Tolkien
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Heidi – Johanna Spyri
Watership Down – Richard Adams
The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
Treasure Island – Robert Lewis Stevenson
Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L’Engle
A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L’Engle
This Present Darkness – Frank Peretti
Arabian Nights – Author Unkown
Mark of the Lion Trilogy — Francine Rivers

Difficult
The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Lorna Doone – R.D. Blackmore

Biography

Christian Heroes Then & Now Series – Eric Liddell and George Muller
Hero Tales – Dave & Neta Jackson
Bruchko – Bruce Olson
Run Baby Run – Nicholas Cruz
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret – Howard Taylor
The Cross and the Switchblade – David Wilkerson
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
Unbroken – Laura Hillendbrand
Gifted Hands – Ben Carson
Uncommon — Tony Dungy
Jim Elliot
Nate Saint

Podcasts

The Porch
Village Kids
Renew your Mind — RC Sproul
Pray the Word — David Platt
Daily Hope — Rick Warren
Grace To You — John MacArthur

Romans and Galatians United in Christ

We are Galatians and Romans
We were created by God to enjoy him and bring Him glory.
On the field, in the classroom, on the stage, in all we do …
We compete for an Audience of One
Our identity doesn’t come from our performance,
We are identified with Christ and that changes our performance
We push ourselves for His sake,
Pressing on toward the goal to win the prize
For which God has called us heavenward.
We persevere with our eyes fixed on our Captain.
We compete fearlessly and faithfully knowing that
He does not love us any more when we win
And does not love us any less when we lose.
We compete with the hearts of Champions
Strengthened by the fellowship of His Spirit and
Supported by the encouragement of our red or blue opponents
In all things, we live and compete by
God First, Others Second, I’m Third
We have made this our goal for these two weeks
And we’ll run with that same purpose as we leave here today.
We will fight the good fight, we will finish the race.
To know Him and make him known
To lift high his banner at church, at school, at home.
This is the outcome of our striving together –
The display of His glory.
Let the Flag Fly … The Glory Goes to God!