Youth Camp 2015: Takeaways

This past week at Silver State Baptist Youth Camp was amazing as always!  It never gets old seeing God work in the lives of young people. And even adults, too. The preaching was amazing. Here are some things that really stood out to me:

Brother David Hetzer, Keynote Speaker of Chapel Services:

  • Don’t be a sluggard to responsibility.
  • Don’t be slow to the place God is trying to get you in your heart.
  • You don’t get to determine what day God shows up at your life.
  • There should be a spiritual desire to know what God has for you. Don’t wait on your friends or youth pastor or others.
  • When the Word is open approach it as a harvest. 
  • Being around the Bible doesn’t make you closer to God. You must be about the Bible.  
  • Being around the gospel doesn’t make you saved.  
  • Being around the Bible doesn’t make you understand God, responding to the Bible helps you understand God. 
  • Are you just a passenger with the Bible? May God help us to be in the driver’s seat.
  • All people have an accent concerning the truths of God. Our life reveals our accent of what we believe. Your life speak about what God says. We all have an accent. Accents come from the people you’re around. What’s your accent?  Is the accent you have right now the accent you want to have in two years?  To change your accent you have to want to. As long as you choose the wrong accent you’re going to be speaking the same way.
  • Your friends are more than people you hang out with. They set the course for who you will become. 
  • Are the people you’re close to taking you the right way?
  • All of us have a country, places we are known to be a certain person.
  • All of us are born spiritually blind. 
  • Jesus wants to change you bigger than your country, beyond what you and other people think you can be.
  • Jesus wants to challenge us out of our country and do more with us than we ever imagined.
  • We wrestle and struggle when Jesus challenges us to go beyond ourselves.
  • When we get familiar seeing things a certain way, it’s hard to see that God can do more and we limit his power. 
  • Don’t box yourself in.
  • If you don’t trust God to do more with you than you think is possible, you’ll never know what he has for you.
  • God will make you more than you ever thought you would be.
  • Jesus is bigger than your country; he will use people to turn the world around. 
  • What is God calling you to tonight that you’re afraid of?
  • Love is not wrong. But Samson loved the wrong kind of woman. He chose to love the wrong kind of person. 
  • When you love someone who doesn’t really love God and doesn’t want to go where God wants them to go or where God wants you to go, you just put a cap on your life.  
  • The type of people not to marry: unspiritual people,  selfish people, users/seductive people, insensitive people.  
  • Be the right kind of person and love the right kind of person.
  • Life is like a road trip. You need to pay attention to what kind of car you’re getting in because that will affect the rest of your life.
  • People generally seek friendship for selfish reasons. 
  • Don’t operate like general society who’s always wanting a handout from people. Live above and beyond that. 
  • A Christian lives their life looking for how they can give and help others… not for themselves. 
  • Defy the normal way of society by being a giver not a taker. 
  • Are you more of a giver or a taker when it comes to God?
  • Why do people stay unmoved? Because they don’t realize how big a sinner they are. Some people get used to their sinfulness and don’t think it’s that bad.
  • When you stop getting convicted, you think way too highly of yourself and too low of what Jesus has done in your life.
  • You in your own strength are unable to do what God is calling you to do by yourself. 
  • If you want to go from desire to fulfillment, you’re going to have to seek Jesus.
  • Keep going until you see God break through in your life. True faith is persistent. Do not allow failure to discourage you to quit. Keep pleading and praying, be persistent!

Brother Rex Harmon,  Hillside #2 Speaker, missionary to Jamaica:

  • As you develop friends and acquaintances, they will affect your life.
  • Be careful of the friends you pick.
  • Who’s looking at you? Are you pointing them in the right direction?
  • As a believer you’re never on your own.
  • The lost need a Savior, they don’t know where He is. They need someone to tell them.
  • The Word of the Lord is the biggest weapon.  Hold on to the Scriptures, don’t let them loose. Put them in your heart. 
  • Serving God pays big dividends. 
  • God is your biggest weapon, learn how to use Him. 
  • God knows our needs before we do.
  • When we get close to God, he shows us what love is.
  • As we walk along in our life, God pays attention to every step we take. 

Brother Ron Jones, Hillside #1 Speaker

  • We never really change unless we want to.
  • Action is always associated with your will.
  • If you disobey you have to pay.
  • Our problem is we don’t fear God anymore.
  • You can’t say no until you’re willing to say yes.
  • Living in standards is a good thing.
  • Don’t set wickedness in front of your eyes.
  • Nobody knows what you do, or think in private, that’s where your character is revealed. God sees it. 
  • You control your own eyes.
  • There are people around us who say they’re saved but they’re really not.
  • Darkness must be driven out by light. 
  • Walk in light, be light, so they can see light.
  • God doesn’t need our opinion, he needs our obedience. 
  • The people that are around you do make a difference of who you are and who you will be in the future.
  • Most people have one or two friends that are wicked and they might even be saved in the youth group. Don’t be identified by their ways. 
  • How are you supposed to win the lost? Be different than them. 
  • Don’t use man’s psychology to talk to people, use the Word of God. It’s quick and powerful. 
  • If you hang around froward people, you too will be froward.  Frowardness is a poison. It turns into gossip.  Cut off the froward person and walk away. 

Such a great week!  Excited to see how God works in people now that we are off the mountain!  

Until next time…

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