Build – 2017 Summer Camp

Center Church had their annual Summer Camp at Camp Pendleton this past weekend  and the theme was “Build”.

Trust. Love. Character.

What does building a healthy community look like? 

1. Build Trust (Hebrews 4:15-16)

 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni
Bad news
No one wants to be vulnerable
Good news
Jesus became vulnerable at the cross and rose again from the dead so you can be vulnerable with your imperfections, attempt great things for God, and rise strong from your failures and mistakes.

2. Do Small Things with Great Love (1 Peter 4:7-11)

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”  – Mother Teresa
Bad news
Everyone wants greatness, but are not willing to do the small things. And when they do small things, they lack passion or love. Often times we think if we’re not doing these big impressive things we think we’re failures, however it’s often through small acts of love that we display God.
Good news
Jesus came to seek the lost, the least, and the last and Jesus loved the little ones with great love. Jesus enables us us to love and serve each other wholeheartedly by forgiving and reconciling our pride and selfishness and inviting us into his bigger story.
3. Build Character (Romans 5:3-4)

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

Bad news
Life is difficult, hard, and filled with pain and suffering
Good news
Character is built in the midst of difficult, hard, painful life.

 

We build a healthy community by building trust, doing small things with great love, and building character. 

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