Round Rock Chapel Youth Camp 1998
Preparing a Generation to Harvest
What we Did and Learned
This year's focus was on preparing the youth as harvesters. Most
of us in industrialized countries have very little connection
with this sort of thing, any more. We don't really understand
very much what a harvest is, or how to prepare for it. I've sat
in the past through explanations of what a harvest meant to people
2,000 years ago, or what it means to a farmer today; this is
interesting to some of us, but doesn't really help much. So of
course, New Breed didn't take this approach!
Each year we get a booklet with quiet time topics for the week,
a listing of workshops, and lots of room for notes. The quiet
time topics relate to the main session topics each day. These
sessions take place in the morning and evening. After the morning
main session we have the workshops until lunch. The afternoons
are recreation time, a mixture of planned events and free time.
The planned events have varied widely over the years. This year
we had tournaments for volleyball, basketball, and touch football,
along with sprint races and a 1 mile run (these wre all voluntary,
of course!) We were supposed to go to a waterpark one day, but
the weather was very cool for an OK summer (60s and low 70s, and
damp), so the waterpark canceled and refunded our money. ORU
ended up letting us use their pool and gym each day, which wasn't
in the plan, for slightly less than what the waterpark would have
cost for one afternoon. After dinner we had the evening sessions,
scheduled to be over by 10 or so, but often lasting until much
later (as usual). After the main sessions we had
Day by day
Usually I can give a pretty good summary of each day, because I have
good notes. This year, that isn't possible, because I had a
different part to play. So most
of the session summaries rely heavily on the notes of others.
While I experienced a great deal this year, it was at a deeply
personal level, where no human was taking notes or running a
quiet times and main sessions
- Go into all the world
- Do the Gospel
- In the power of the Spirit
Go into all the world
Scripture: Matthew 28/19-20 (NIV)
- This is the last thing Jesus said to His disciples before He
ascended into heaven. Why should this be so significant to us?
- Matthew 28/19-20 is called the Great Commission. If someone were
to ignore the Great Commission how would you describe their life?
- How have you sensed Christ's presence with you ([verse 20]?
In the morning session, Allen Hickman talked about the ``power of one''.
He ranged from the fact that Jesus thought one person was important
(the parable of the shepherd leaving the 99 sheep, the fact that
Jesus would have gone to the cross to save one person), to the impact
Jesus made, to the fact that worth is what someone is willing to pay,
to the fact that something worth a lot has power. So, if Christ died
for you, then you are worth everything. God is
constantly looking for people he can use. If He wants to use you,
and you are too valuable to waste, then He will give you the power
to acocmplish whatever he calls you to do.
In the evening, Richard spoke on having a personal breakthrough.
Do the Gospel
Scripture: Mark 16/15-20 (NIV)
[This is Mark's version of the Great Commission, with more detail
as to what Christ's disciples should expect to see.]
Stop right now and ask the Lord to perform these signs
and wonders in your life.
- Is it your desire for the Lord to work with you [v. 20]?
Write out some specific ways you would like the Lord to work
with and through you.
- What signs accompany your life?
- What signs do you desire from the Lord?
In the morning, someone (Mark? Allen?) spoke on purpose.
In the evening, someone spoke on desiring gifts.
- Until your purpose is dicovered, you have no meaning.
Purpose: a goal or an aim; an object to strive towards.
What is our purpose? To be like Jesus.
- God created you for a purpose, and He created enough time for you
- If you don't find your God-given purpose, Satan will be glad to
help you find one.
- Purpose is your insurance against premature death.
- We should desire the Spirit of God. In fact, we should
have an overwhelming, burning passion for the Spirit of God.
- As you have received a gift from God, so give the same gift.
- We should be ourselves, and not desire a gift that isn't ours.
- Annointing flourishes under authenticity.
- We shouldn't be waiting for Him, because He's waiting for us!
In the power of the Spirit
Scripture: Acts 4/29-33 (NIV)
- Do you need more boldness in your witnessing?
- What qualities describe these Christians after they were
filled with the Holy Spirit [vs 29-33]?
- Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit?
- What will it take for you to be one in heart and mind
with other Christians?
- What is God asking you to do to see this happen in your life?
Each day there were three workshops to choose from. Two of them
were essentially the same each day, while the third was a set of
tracks, or series of workshops with common themes, but different
each day. Obviously I couldn't make all of these!
- Stop - Get into God's presence
- Caution - Slow down and hear God
- Go - Go into all the world and do the Gospel
Stop - Get into God's presence (effective praying)
Leaders: Steve Thompson and Barry Patterson
Caution - Slow down and hear God (hearing God)
Leaders: Mark Jobe and (Tommy Briggs or Larry ???, depending on the day)
Mark started by talking about some of the ways God speaks to us,
through events, impressions and feelings. We have to learn to
discern when God is using our feelings to guide us and tell us
things. we need to notice and heed warnings, and not try to go
too fast. We have to be willing to take risks, to step out, and
not be afraid to say what we think God is saying. And we need to
listen, and obey, even if it doesn't make sense at the time.
This was similar to the workshop on hearing God last year.
By now we were already praying that God would show us our
gifts, especially the prophetic gifts (per Paul's exhortations),
and that He would help us to hear him more clearly. They
would then bring a volunteer to the front, and everyone else
would pray. If you felt you had insight into this person's
life, or something God gave you to share for them, you were
to speak out. Yikes! (This followed the same
ground rules for all ministry at
New Breed camps).
And at each session, a bunch of the youth and several counselors
got something for the volunteer. In almost every case it was
verified in some fashion. You can imagine the wonder and confidence
that begins to spring up in such a situation! ``Whoa! I
really can hear God! me! Wow!''
Go - Go into all the world and do the Gospel
``One on One'' track
Leader: Allen Hickman
``Reaching the Lost'' track
Leader: Richard Hinajosa
``The Arts'' track
Leaders: Ben and Robin Pasley
Ben and Robin covered a different topic each day,
Poetry and creative writing, Paining,
and Dance. I attended the first and third.
I considered going to painting, but that still, small
voice clearly told me to go to somthing else. A few
minutes later, they announced that more had signed up than they
had supplies for, so please only come if you really knew you
should be there. They ended up with exactly the number of
people they had supplies for (there were a couple of observers,
but they came planning only to observe).
The first half of each of these sessions was a discussion of
the arts and prophetic gifts. If you have ever heard 100
Portraits, you will know that they don't sacrifice art for
the Gospel, and they don't try to force things to meet some
agenda. So quit worrying about that!
The basics for this come from I Corinthians 14:
They explained that prophecy is, among other things, a gift for
evangelism, as the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.
prophecy is interpretation of spiritual truth, so that people
can understand it.
- Follow love
- Ask for prophetic gifts!
- If you try to witness in your own power, you might as well
be babbling in a foreign language. What good would it do
to witness in English to the homeless in Bombay, or in
Spanish at Tienamen Square, or in Chinese in Valdosta, Georgia?
So how does this work?
We always need to first STOP and ask the Lord to enter in to what we're doing,
to make it bigger and more effective.
- God speaks as we see
(Robin drew an eye on the overhead projector).
- creation - it's plain to see for those willing to
(He is His own palette)
- humanity and history
- the mystical (dreams, visions, knowledge, etc)
- the written word of God
- We have to then express it
(Robin drew a mouth on the overhead projector).
- Drama, theater (a la Ezekiel's life)
- Parables (creative writing)
- Music, songwriting (David trained to (a) worship and (b) prophesy)
- Dance, mime
- Art (painting, sculpture, etc)
They would then explain and demonstrate briefly how these pertained
to the day's topic. Then we would all "just do it". (The writing
workshop included music as well as words). They talked about starter
techniques as well. For instance, if you want to write a song, and
nothing is coming, just start playing and praying or meditating.
The writing class was very cool. There were about a dozen percussion
instruments present, and at least a half dozen guitars. They just
started playing a chord progression Ben came up with, added a beat,
and we all just listened inwardly. In a brief period of time, we
had at least a half different people come up with songs, poetry, or
a good start on a story. I got a poem that was for me, for a couple
of other people in particular, and for our youth group as a whole.
You have been a timid sheep
I will take your heart of fear
I will give you the heart of a lion
And you will stand like a mountain
And you will bow to me
Not to the world as you have
And when all the world bows to me
You will do so in my strength
Not quite what I expected. Nothing publishable. 8^) But it spoke
a lot to those it was meant for.
I went to the ``Dance'' workshop as an observer. They covered
the same basic ground, then played a song while someone started
moving, just expressing what they felt as they listened to the
song and to God. I forget her name but they explained that she
had done this in Atlanta at the Olympics, and drawn a crowd wherever
she went. I shared afterwards that I had heard about her in the
newspapers sent by people from Atlanta. She had no idea she'd
made the papers, but did know she'd always drawn a crowd, and
had gotten to share with a lot of people.
Then they told everyone else to get up, and get ready to do the
same thing. I started to scoot back towards the wall to get
out of the way, when that still, small voice told me to get up
with everyone else. To my amazement, I ended up dancing, and
realizing that some things I'd felt led to do before were quite
valid, despite how bizarre they might seem (sometimes when I
am praying, I have felt led to physically act as if I am attacking
an enemy with a sword; why? I dunno. Probably the same reason
Jeremeiah and Ezekiel di dsome of the things they did. Maybe one
day I'll really understand it. For now, it's enough to obey.)
A part of me kept wanting to feel stupid, but God's presence was
too strong. All I had to do was stay near that, and everything
``Praise and Worship'' track
Leaders: Bruce Menefee and team
02 August 2003
Copyright 1998 Miles O'Neal, Austin, TX. All rights reserved.
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